Iran leader rebuffs Trump warning, says
he shows America's 'real face'
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[February 07, 2017]
DUBAI (Reuters) - Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei dismissed Donald Trump's warning to Iran to stop its missile
tests, saying the new U.S. president had shown the "real face" of
In his first speech since Trump's inauguration, Iran's supreme leader
called on Iranians to respond to Trump's "threats" - which he said had
failed to frighten Iranians - on Friday's anniversary of the 1979
"We are thankful to (Trump) for making our life easy as he showed the
real face of America," Khamenei told a meeting of military commanders in
Tehran, according to his website.
"During his election campaign and after that, he confirmed what we have
been saying for more than 30 years about the political, economic, moral
and social corruption in the U.S. ruling system," he added.
Trump responded to a Jan. 29 Iranian missile test by saying "Iran is
playing with fire" and slapping fresh sanctions on individuals and
entities, some of them linked to Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards.
The White House said the test was not a direct breach of a 2015 nuclear
deal with six world powers but "violates the spirit of that". A U.N.
Security Council resolution underpinning the pact urges Iran to refrain
from testing missiles designed to be able to carry nuclear warheads, but
imposes no obligation.
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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech in a
meeting with military commanders in Tehran, Iran, February 7, 2017.
Leader.ir/Handout via REUTERS
"No enemy can paralyze the Iranian nation," Khamenei said. "(Trump)
says 'you should be afraid of me'. No! The Iranian people will
respond to his words on Feb. 10 and will show their stance against
(Reporting by William Maclean; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
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