Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei blasted the United States on Thursday, accusing it of creating ISIS and trying to undermine the government in Tehran. Iranian news agencies have reported that Khamenei even asserted that the US is worse than the murderous terrorist group.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei Photo Credit: Mohammad Sadegh Heydari

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei slammed the United States on Thursday, accusing it of trying to undermine Tehran. According to Iranian news agencies, the senior official claimed that Washington is using all means at its disposal, including cyberwarfare and economic sanctions, to ruin the Iranian government.

“[T]he US government is the cruelest and most merciless system in the world, which is even worse than the savage Daesh [ISIS] members,” Khamenei said, as quoted by Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency. Khamenei then accused Washington of creating ISIS and asserted that the murderous terrorist organization probably received training from American private military companies. Khamenei made these remarks in Tehran while speaking to Iranian Air Force and Air Defense personnel.

Earlier today, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi commented on the situation in the Middle East and his country’s role in the region while in Paris for the Euromoney conference. Speaking to Reuters on the sidelines of the summit, Araghchi claimed that Tehran has been instrumental in the fight against terrorism and the stabilization of the region.

He also accused the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia of making the situation in the Middle East worse. According to Araghchi, the three countries have been working to encourage the tensions in the region.

Araghchi then told Reuters that the nuclear deal has nothing to do with Iran’s role in the region. The 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and several world powers has come under fire by Washington since US President Donald Trump entered the Oval Office about a year ago. Last month, Trump announced that he has decided to extend the nuclear deal one last time, opting not to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran. The US president said that his decision will give Tehran and America’s European allies time to fix the deal’s “terrible flaws.”