Addressing tens of thousands of Basij (mobilization) volunteer forces at the Azadi Stadium in western Tehran on Thursday, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the enemies’ battlefields, saying that Islam is on the top of the list.
“The US has been slapped by Islam and has a grudge against Islam,” the Leader said, adding that Washington has also been slapped by the Islamic Revolution.
“They (the Americans) controlled all affairs of the country (Iran); the resources of the country were at their disposal, and the country's assets moved to their desire, and the country's cultural, economic, and political policies shifted to their desire, (but now) their hands have been cut off, and Islam did it,” Ayatollah Khamenei noted.
The Leader went on to say that the US’s enmity towards the Iranian nation is not merely due to the slogan “Death to America”, adding that the Americans’ hatred is rooted in Iranian nation's movement.
“They are afraid of the Islamic power and the (Islamic) Revolution’s might; therefore, they attempt to undermine and destroy the elements of (Iran’s) power,” Aytollah Khamenei stated.
“With the grace of God, we will defeat the sanctions… and with the failure of the sanctions, the US should be given another slap in the face by the Iranian nation,” the Leader said.
On May 8, the US president pulled his country out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal that was achieved in Vienna in 2015 after years of negotiations among Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).
Following the US exit, Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the accord.
US President Donald Trump on August 6 signed an executive order re-imposing many sanctions on Iran, three months after pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal.
He said the US policy is to levy “maximum economic pressure” on the country.
Trump also restated his opinion that the 2015 Iran nuclear deal was a “horrible, one-sided deal”.
Meantime, the European Union has vowed to counter Trump’s renewed sanctions on Iran, including by means of a new law to shield European companies from punitive measures.