'Down with the US' slogan does not mean death to US people - Khamenei
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 3
By Umid Niayesh- Trend:
The Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that infamous Iranian "Down with the US" slogan does not mean death to the American nation, but means death to the US policies and death to arrogance.
Khamenei added that the slogan is rational and has strong support from the public.
He made the remarks in a meeting with university and school students on the eve of the 1979 takeover of the US Embassy in the capital city of Tehran by some revolutionary Iranian university students.
On November 4, 1979, a group of revolutionary students took over the US Embassy which they believed had turned into a "den of espionage" which aimed to overthrow the nascent Islamic Republic establishment.
Further speaking about the US, Khamenei accused the US of plotting against Iran in various periods.
"US den of espionage docs show that at the climax of revolutionary movement and the Islamic revolution victory, the US was constantly plotting against the Islamic Republic," Khamenei said, underlining that this is the true face of the United States.
He also accused some Iranian politicians of neglecting the enemy due to some unimportant domestic differences.
"Don't confuse the main enemy with the less important enemies or friends who have differences with you," he said.
Khamenei added that the US in recent years got some people to pretend that if the US was hostile in the past, today it behaves differently, to hide its true face.
He further touched upon the nuclear talks saying it was progress of Iranian nation that forced the so-called powers to unite and take hostile measures in attempt to stop the Islamic Republic.
He added that fighting arrogance is a rational, logical and wise movement with scientific background and based on experience of the Iranian nation.
"Thanks to reliance upon Islam and the nation, the Islamic Republic not only has resisted and has security, but also it has progressed," Khamenei said.