The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has translated and posted to the internet a video of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s speech from last week, during which he referred to the United States as “Satan.”
During the speech, Khamenei claims that the United States is “the greatest violator of human rights in the world” and the crowd responds by chanting, “Death to America!”
“Nobody should be under the illusion that those who stood up with all their might against the Islamic Revolution have given up [their enmity] today. No, they are still standing up against it. Any enemy backs down when forced to. If you force them to back down – they will. Nevertheless, they will not back down from their enmity towards us,” he said.
“This is the case in the world today. We should identify the enemy. The smiles of the enemy must not be taken seriously. We must not get too excited by these smiles. We must not forget the goal,” declared Khamenei.
“Today, they think that due to the pressure from the sanctions and economic siege, our nation has raised its hands in surrender. This is a mistake. Indeed, it is. This is a nation that never raises its hands in surrender,” he added.
Khamenei publicly revealed in the speech that negotiations with the West about Iran's nuclear program are all simply part of a tactic to stall international pressure and gain time.
On Sunday, President Barack Obama confirmed that the agreement reached with Iran in Geneva in November would be implemented starting January 20.
Under the agreement, six major powers agreed to give Iran access to $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas if it carries out the deal, which offers sanctions relief in exchange for steps to curb the Iranian nuclear program.
A senior American official later revealed that as part of this implementation, Iran will receive the first $550 million installment of a total of $4.2 billion in previously blocked overseas funds on or about February 1.