Khamenei to Trump: 'You Will Go to Hell'

Patrick Goodenough | May 10, 2018 | 4:19am EDT
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Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Screen Capture)

( – Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a speech Wednesday berated President Donald Trump for withdrawing from the nuclear deal, but said that the Islamic Republic of Iran will be standing strong long after Trump’s corpse is “worm food.”

Khamenei said of Trump: "You will go to hell with your failures."

“A few days ago, Trump wrote a letter to the leaders of some Persian Gulf countries, to which we have access," Khamenei said in a speech addressing staff and students at a teacher-training university in Tehran.
"In the letter, he indicated that he spent $7 trillion on these countries, so they must adhere to his orders. Well, Trump, you have spent all this money to dominate Syria and Iraq, but you couldn't do it; you will go to hell with your failures.”

“U.S. pres.’s shallow & ludicrous behavior wasn’t unexpected,” Khamenei said in a speech in a "Speech Celebrating Teachers' Week" at Farhangian University.

“The same behavior existed in previous U.S. presidents. Yet, Iranian nation is persistent while former U.S. presidents passed away & IRI is still standing. This man’s corpse will also be worm food while IRI stands strong.”

Khamenei said Trump’s announcement of withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) had included “shallow and lewd remarks” as well as “several lies.”

“He threatened the Iranian government and people,” he said. “I answer him, as a representative of the Iranian population: ‘Donald Trump, you cannot lift one finger against us.’” (One translation of his remarks rendered the phrase as ‘Like hell you will!”)

Elsewhere in the speech the ayatollah revealed that he had wanted Iranian negotiators to secure President Obama’s signature on the 2015 nuclear deal, but they failed to do so.

He had warned all along that the Americans could not be trusted, he said. “Now you can see for yourselves that my prediction is now a reality.”

Similarly, Khamenei said Iran could not trust the three European Union members – Britain, France and Germany – which remain partners in the JCPOA, along with Russia and China.

He said if the Rouhani administration wants to reach an agreement with the E.U. trio to save the nuclear deal, it must come with guarantees – otherwise the Europeans would likely follow the U.S. and walk away.

And without guarantees, he pledged, “we won’t stick to the nuclear agreement.”

Khamenei dedicated the bulk of his speech, a translation of which was posted on an official website, to the United States.

“From day one, I said several times that the United States is not to be trusted. I said it publicly and privately,” he said. “I said if you want to sign an agreement, first make sure that necessary guarantees are made.”

“One of the conditions I mentioned was that the president of the United States has to sign it. Those in charge of the negotiations tried hard, but couldn’t satisfy this condition.”

(The JCPOA was not a treaty, and was not formally signed. The negotiating principals, including Secretary of State John Kerry, left souvenir signatures on the cover page.)

“We agreed on the nuclear agreement, but the animosities against Iran did not cease,” Khamenei said. “Today, their concerns are about our presence in our own region and our missile program. Even if we agree to their terms, conflicts will not be resolved; they will start up with another issue.”

The real reason for America’s animosity, he said, was because before the 1979 Islamic revolution “had complete dominance over our country.”

As a result of the revolution, however, the U.S. “hands were severed.”

Khamenei said the Americans want to dominate the region and favor rulers “who dish out money to them and comply with their orders.” He made clear he was referring in this instance to some countries in the Persian Gulf, whose leaders were being treated “like submissive slaves of the U.S.”

The JCPOA offered Iran sanctions relief in return for significant restrictions – some of them with expiration dates – on its nuclear program.

Trump identified as major flaws the “sunset” clauses, under which key provisions expire after 10-15 years, inadequate inspection and verification measures, and the fact Iran’s ballistic missile programs and other troubling behavior were not addressed.

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