Iran’s supreme leader lashed out at the United States and Britain and vowed to respond against foreign powers he accused of attempting to overthrow the Islamic republic.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also took a shot at Donald Trump on Tuesday, accusing the US president of being “a very unstable man” who exhibited “extreme and psychotic episodes”.
Iran says it has “hard evidence” the recent deadly demonstrations were “very clearly directed from abroad”.
“US officials should know that, firstly, they have missed their target … Secondly, they have inflicted damage upon Iran in recent days, and they should know this won’t be left without a response,” Khamenei said on Twitter.
“Once again, the nation tells the US, Britain, and those who seek to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran from abroad that ‘you’ve failed, and you will fail in the future, too.'”
At least 22 people were killed and about 3,700 arrested after anti-government protests erupted in the second-largest city, Mashhad, on December 28 and quickly spread throughout the country.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo said allegations that his intelligence agency was involved in Iran’s demonstrations were “false.
“It was the Iranian people … started by them, created by them, continued by them demanding a better set of living conditions and a break from the theocratic regime that has been with them since 1979,” Pompeo told Fox News on Sunday.