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(CNSNews.com) – As the regime in Tehran marks the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wants Americans to know that “Death to America” doesn’t apply to everyone, just to leaders like President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton.
“ ‘Down with USA’ means down with @realDonaldTrump, @AmbJohnBolton and @SecPompeo,” the ailing 79-year-old said in a posting on his official Twitter account, khamenei.ir.
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“It means death to the American politicians currently in power,” the posting continued. “It means death to the few people running that country; we have nothing against the American nation.”
The tweets were excerpts from a speech Khamenei gave to air force officers and personnel late last week, in which he named the three U.S. leaders as the target of the chant, and said “we have no fight to pick with the American people.”
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At the same time, he said the slogan would continue to be heard “as long as the U.S. practices savagery and vice.”
“The U.S. regime is the embodiment of evil, violence, creating chaos, and warmongering,” Khamenei told the gathering. “The U.S. regime has always lived off trespassing for fulfilling its interests. The U.S. is the embodiment of evil, then they complain why we chant ‘down with the USA.’”
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February 11 (Bahman 22 in the Persian calendar) marks the anniversary of the 1979 revolution, which saw the Western-backed Shah ousted by fundamentalist supporters of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Khamenei’s predecessor.
In a new tweet Sunday, Khamenei called Bahman 22 commemorations a “wonderful event, just like the revolution itself.”
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“U.S.’s enmity against Iran’s newly-emerged Revolution is natural,” he said. “For 40 years, this young power has been growing & becoming stronger. With the emergence of this new, fully-motivated, hardworking spiritual power, arrogant powers cracked & are cracking deeper.”
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