Iran's supreme leader: US will fail like the cat in 'Tom and Jerry'

Iran's supreme leader: US will fail like the cat in 'Tom and Jerry'
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Iran's supreme leader denounced U.S. efforts to "hit the Islamic Republic" on Wednesday, saying Washington would ultimately fail "like the famous cat in Tom and Jerry."

"The U.S. has tried various political, economic, military and propaganda undertakings to hit the Islamic Republic," Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said, according to Bloomberg News.

"All these plots failed," he continued. "Like the famous cat in Tom and Jerry they will lose again."

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In the famous Hanna-Barbera cartoon, the cat, Tom, is routinely fooled — and often injured — in his pursuit of Jerry, the mouse.

Khamenei's comments came weeks after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE announced that he would back out of the 2015 deal that sought to curb Iran's nuclear pursuits in exchange for sanctions relief.

Trump has long railed against the deal, which he said bolstered Iran's nuclear ambitions while failing to address Tehran's other destabilizing activities.

On Monday, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoReport: Pompeo had secret meeting with GOP donors in London The shifting impeachment positions of Jonathan Turley The Hill's Morning Report - Dem dilemma on articles of impeachment MORE threatened to impose the strongest sanctions yet on Iran, and issued a list of demands, including that Tehran permanently end its nuclear program and cease its support for groups like Hezbollah, which the U.S. considers a terrorist organization.