Daily Israel Report

Khamenei: U.S. Would Overthrow Us if it Could

Iran's Supreme Leader attacks the United States over its "controlling and meddlesome" attitude.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 2/9/2014, 5:01 AM

Ali Khamenei
Ali Khamenei
Reuters

Iran's Supreme Leader on Saturday once again verbally attacked the United States, saying Washington had a "controlling and meddlesome" attitude towards the Islamic Republic, Reuters reported, citing Iranian media.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also said that the United States would overthrow the Iranian government “if it could.”

In a speech marking the 35th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, Khamenei said that officials seeking to revive the economy should not rely on an eventual lifting of sanctions but rather on home-grown innovation.

"American officials publicly say they do not seek regime change in Iran. That's a lie. They wouldn't hesitate a moment if they could do it," he was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency.

He added that in dealing with "enemies", Iran should be prepared to change tactics but not compromise on its main principles.

"The solution to our economic problems is not looking out and having the sanctions lifted ... My advice to our officials, as ever, is to rely on infinite indigenous potentials," Reuters quoted him as having said.

"Our (hostile) stance toward the United States is due to its controlling and meddlesome attitude," he declared.

An interim nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers recently went into effect, but Iranian leaders have not stopped their anti-U.S. rhetoric.

Khamenei recently threatened the United States, suggesting that the Americans “exercise self-restraint,” after Secretary of State John Kerry said the military option was still on the table if Iran fails to live up to its part of the agreement that was signed with it in Geneva.

Senior parliamentary officials in Tehran also denounced Kerry’s remarks and threatened a “crushing response” if the United States attacked Iran.

Khamenei’s latest comments came on the same day that the Iranian navy said it was deploying a "military fleet" to U.S. maritime borders.