Khamenei: Trump has 'disgraced' US prestige

Khamenei: Trump has 'disgraced' US prestige
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Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Saturday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpREAD: Transcript of James Comey's interview with House Republicans Klobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Israel boycott fight roils Democrats in year-end spending debate MORE has "disgraced" U.S. prestige and pledged Iran would emerge "victorious," even as Washington is poised to reimpose sanctions against Tehran. 


"This new US president ... has disgraced the remnant of America's prestige and that of liberal democracy," Khamenei tweeted, according to an Agence France-Presse translation. "America's hard power, that is to say their economic and military power, is declining too." 

"The challenge between the US and Iran has lasted for 40 years so far and the US has made various efforts against us: military, economic and media warfare," the Iranian leader added, according to the agency. "There's a key fact here: in this 40-year challenge, the defeated is the US and the victorious is the Islamic republic." 

Khamenei's statement comes days before the U.S. is set to renew the last set of sanctions lifted under the Iran nuclear deal. In addition to sanctions on Iran’s energy sector, Monday’s sanctions will target Iran’s shipping, shipbuilding and financial sectors.

Trump on Friday promoted the upcoming sanctions on Iran by tweeting a meme inspired by the book series-turned-HBO hit show "Game of Thrones."  

Iranian leaders and critics in the U.S. have raised concerns that the sanctions are going to harm average Iranian workers.

“These sanctions are a slap in the face to the Iranian people who have been squeezed between the repression of their government and the pressure of international sanctions for decades,” Jamal Abdi, president of the National Iranian American Council, said in a statement last week.

“Impoverishing ordinary Iranians will not hurt the regime or achieve any of America’s security interests, but it will set back the Iranian people’s aspirations for years to come," Abdi added.

Trump, in May, left the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran, which rolled back sanctions against Tehran in exchange for a reduction in the country's nuclear abilities. The sanctions have been reimposed in stages, with the final set going into effect on Monday.