Iranians broke into chants of “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” while burning the flags of both countries after weekly prayers in Tehran. The outburst comes in sharp contrast to their new president’s charm offensive in the West and promises of moderation. The rhetoric coming from the Iranian president has changed, but the facts on the ground remain the same.
Slamming the US as arrogant, dishonest, untrustworthy, and controlled by Zionists, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Saturday that “some” aspects of President Hassan Rouhani’s trip to the United Nations General Assembly in New York last month were “not proper. Khamenei was speaking Saturday at a ceremony of army graduates, where he said that he was pessimistic about dealing with an arrogant US regime, and vowed a harsh response to “disgusting threats.” “We are pessimistic towards the Americans and do not put any trust in them,” he said, 10 days before the US and other world powers are to make a new effort to negotiate with Iran on its rogue nuclear program. “The American government is untrustworthy, supercilious and unreasonable, and breaks its promises,” he was quoted by AFP as saying.