According to his official website, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “enemies” are looking to weaken and destabilize the republic and slammed the international media for its “hollow” lies. The public statement is the first the leader has made since the beginning of the anti-regime protests.

Ali Khamenei

Ali Khamenei Photo Credit: EPA

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke Tuesday for the first time since the anti-government protests broke out. According to his official website, Khamenei blamed “enemies” for destabilizing the country, joining Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s accusations against the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Khamenei said that the “enemy media” has exaggerated the turnout of the protests in the country, calling the reports “hollow and a lie.” The ayatollah also said that the global media has been predicting the collapse of the Islamic republic for 40 years but nevertheless, the nation continues its “pure existence.”

Khamenei slammed the US and its justice system for colluding with Saudi Arabia and Israel and supporting ISIS and clarified that “the pain of failing to marginalize or weaken the Islamic Republic” will remain with US President Donald Trump forever.

As previously reported by JOL, US President Donald Trump said in a post on his Twitter account that a change needs to be made in Iran. “Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration,” Trump wrote on New Year’s Day. “The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. TIME FOR CHANGE!”