In a sharply worded response to United States President Donald Trump, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that his country is not afraid of US. US President Donald Trump was powerless to do anything to Iran, which will not hesitate to strike against any who threatens its interests, he added.
Earlier US President Donald Trump had alleged Iranian involvement in a rare protest at the US embassy compound in Baghdad, in which the outer wall of the Baghdad compound broke and burned property inside. Trump also warned he would hold Iran responsible "for lives lost, or damage incurred, at any of our facilities". Following which, a war of words between Washington and Tehran escalated between the two leaders.
“That guy has tweeted that we see Iran responsible for the events in Baghdad & we will respond to Iran,” Khamenei wrote on his official Twitter account. “1st: You can’t do anything,” he wrote. “2nd: If you were logical — which you’re not — you’d see that your crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan … have made nations hate you.
“If the Islamic Republic decides to challenge & fight, it will do so unequivocally,” Khamenei continued. “We’re not after wars, but we strongly defend the Iranian nation’s interests, dignity, & glory. If anyone threatens that, we will unhesitatingly confront & strike them.”
Demonstrators who sympathise with or belong to the Iran-backed Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces, or PMF), breached the outer walls of the heavily fortified US embassy compound in the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, setting parts of its perimeter on fire - an angry reaction to deadly US air raids days earlier against Kataib Hezbollah, an Iran-backed militia associated with PMF.