Khamenei: US ‘enmities’ toward Iran won’t end when Trump leaves office

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says that US “enmities” toward Iran will not cease with the looming departure from office of US President Donald Trump.

He reiterates his position that Iran should bolster itself to “nullify” sanctions imposed by the Trump administration, but should “not delay” in the event they can be lifted.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses the nation in a televised speech marking the birthday of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, in Tehran, Iran, November 3, 2020. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

“You witnessed what Trump’s America and Obama’s America did to you,” he is quoted as saying on his official website.

“Enmities are not limited to Trump’s America and will not end just because he has left office,” Khamenei adds, addressing the family of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in a January US airstrike in neighboring Iraq.

“Do not trust the enemy, this is my explicit advice.”