US President Donald Trump on Friday warned Iran's supreme leader to "be careful what he says" in response to a sermon in which Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called him a "clown".
"The self-styled 'supreme leader', who has not been so supreme lately, said dangerous things about the United States and Europe. Their economy is falling, their people are suffering. He should be very careful what he does. says, "wrote the American President on the social network Twitter.
On Friday, Iran's supreme leader classified Donald Trump as "a clown" who pretends to want to help Iranians, but will attack them in the back with "a poisoned dagger".
Ayatollah's statements Ali Khamenei, before saying Friday's prayer in Tehran for the first time since 2012, came at a time when tensions between Iran and the United States intensified.
Khamenei also said Iran's attacks on US military bases in Iraq were a "blow to America's image" as a superpower.
In the same speech before Friday's prayer, a holy day for Muslims, Khamenei added that "Western countries" are too weak to "get the Iranians to their knees".
Iran's supreme leader called the United States attack that killed General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Revolutionary Guard, in Baghdad earlier this month "cowardly."
Iran retaliated by bombing three Iraqi bases with ballistic missiles where the US forces leading the international coalition in Iraq are located.
At the same time, a Ukrainian commercial plane was shot down by a missile which, according to Tehran, was fired "by mistake" and which killed the 176 occupants.
Ali Khamenei called "bitter drama" the overthrow of the Ukrainian civilian apparatus, on January 8, having offered his condolences to the victims' families, but stressed that Tehran cannot forget General Soleimani's "sacrifice".
Referring to the anti-government demonstrations that broke out in the country last week, after it was revealed that the device was shot down by an Iranian missile, Khamenei said that "some have tried to use (the situation) forgetting about Soleimani, the sacrificed martyr".
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