Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in his new year address to the nation on Sunday accused the US president of plotting against Iran as crowds of worshippers shouted "Death to Obama!" In his defiant outburst, the all-powerful Khamenei dismissed President Barack Obama's frequent offers of dialogue with Iran which began with last year's historic Nowrouz greeting marking the Persian new year. He lashed out at the Obama administration in his speech, broadcast live on state television, saying after last June's presidential election, the United States had taken a "worst stand" against Tehran. He said Obama's offer last year of a "new beginning" with Tehran turned out to be "deceptive," as he had thought at the time that it would be. "The US government and new administration claimed they wanted to have fair and correct relations, wrote letters and sent messages and even shouted through loudspeakers 'we want to normalise relations with the Islamic republic,' but unfortunately in practice they did the opposite," Khamenei said. "The US president called the (post-election) rioters human rights activists. "You take the side of rioters and call it a civil movement. Are you not ashamed? You are in no position to speak of human rights.
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Did you reduce the killings in Iraq and Afghanistan?" Khamenei asked as worshippers, their fists raised, chanted "Death to Obama! Death to America!" Khamenei, who is also Iran's military commander-in-chief, said that Iran "condemns" such "arrogant" powers. "You cannot talk about peace and friendship and at the same time plot and plan sedition and think that you can hurt the regime of the Islamic republic of Iran," he said. A significant part of his speech focused on the controversial re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, saying the nation's "enemies had plans" to derail the poll but that this was prevented by a massive voter turn-out. "By resorting to violence, they wanted to change the result of the election. they wanted to trigger violence by bringing people to the arena and by burning buses... but the Iranian nation triumphed," the cleric said. "They wanted to divide the people between majority and minority... and to spark a civil war, but the nation was alert. If they had been able to do so, the US and Zionist regime would have sent troops to Tehran's streets, but they knew it would hurt them. So they spread propaganda and supported the rioters."
By: Geo News
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