Tehran 17 January_Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the assassination of a top Iranian commander backfired on the US which had to admit the "terrorist" action and see its "fearsome image" dealt a blow by Iran's retaliation.
TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)-They stealthily and cowardly assassinated Gen. Soleimani in a terrorist fashion. This resulted in a disgrace for America,” the Leader told a huge crowd in Tehran.
For the first time in eight years, Ayatollah Khamenei led the Friday prayers in Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Grand Mosque attended by a huge number of worshipers.
Ayatollah Khamenei said Iran's missile response to the assassination dealt a blow to the American prestige.
The missile attack was a "military blow in the first place, but more important it was a blow to America's fearsome image", the Leader said.
Ayatollah Khamenei said American "clowns" who are claiming to be standing with the Iranian people are lying.
He also hit out at British, German and French leaders who admitted this week to have launched under pressure by US President Donald Trump a process that could lead to European sanctions being reimposed on Iran.
Ayatollah Khamenei called them "footmen in the real sense of the word", telling them "You are too small to bring the Iranian nation to its knees."
The Leader said the European states "cannot be trusted", adding their engagement in negotiations is always associated with "deceit and fraud".
He also touched on the "bitter" tragedy of the loss of lives in the accidental downing of a Ukrainian airliner outside Tehran, saying necessary measures must be taken in order to avoid a repetition of the incident.
"The plane crash was a bitter accident, it burned through our heart," Ayatollah Khamenei said. "But some tried to... portray it in a way to forget the great martyrdom and sacrifice" of Major Soleimani, the Leader said.