Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed to hold an upcoming “demonstration” against threats by President Donald Trump.
“Trump says fear me! No. The Iranian nation will respond to your comments with a demonstration on the 10th of February,” Khamenei said in a speech Tuesday to military officers in Tehran, AFP reported. “They will show others what kind of stance the nation of Iran takes when threatened.”
Khamenei’s rhetoric follows an escalation in tension between the U.S. and Iran after the Islamic Republic tested a ballistic missile in late January, purportedly in violation of United Nations resolutions. In response, the Trump administration put Iran “on notice” and declared that “nothing is off the table,” then proceeded to levy new sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
Khamenei also said he is “thankful” that Trump has shown the “real face” of America.
“What we have said for more than 30 years—that there is political, economic, moral and social corruption in the ruling system of the U.S.—this gentleman came and brought it out into the open in the election and after the election,” he said.