In his first Friday prayers sermon in eight years, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also told thousands of Iranians who chanted “Death to America!” that European powers could not be trusted in Iran’s nuclear standoff with Washington.
“Resistance must continue until the region is completely freed from the enemy’s tyranny,” Khamenei said, demanding that U.S. troops leave neighboring Iraq and the wider Middle East.
“The fact that Iran has the power to give such a slap to a world power shows the hand of God,” said Khamenei, adding that the killing of Soleimani showed Washington’s “terrorist nature”.
The Quds Force “protects oppressed nations across the region,” Khamenei said. “They are fighters without borders.”