Tensions continue to mount as the Trump administration imposes new, or renews old, sanctions on Iran due to their recent missile test, which violated terms of the nuclear deal worked out with Obama and Kerry.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei leveled his harshest criticism so far at President Donald Trump, saying the U.S. leader had exposed his country’s “political, economic, ethical and social corruption.”
“We are grateful to this gentleman who has come, grateful because he made it easy for us and showed the U.S.’s real face,” Mr. Khamenei said on Tuesday, referring to Mr. Trump.
The rebuke comes as tensions between Iran and the new U.S. administration intensify after Washington imposed fresh sanctions on dozens of Iranian-linked entities on Friday. The U.S. Treasury Department said the sanctions were a response to Tehran’s recent test launch of a ballistic missile and Iran’s “continued support for terrorism.”