A handout picture provided by the office of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on October 24, 2020, shows him wearing a protective face mask as he gives a speech in the capital Tehran during a meeting of the national staff to discuss the issue of the novel coronavirus pandemic crisis. (Photo by -/KHAMENEI.IR/AFP via Getty Images)
UPDATED 7:45 PM PT – Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Iran’s supreme leader recently made the first televised appearance since reports of his grave illness.
On Wednesday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addressed the Iranian nation on state television to reiterate his opposition to the U.S. foreign policy. He vowed revenge for General Qasem Soleimani, who was killed by President Trump earlier this year.
According to recent reports, Khamenei could step down due to deteriorating health, but the supreme leader rebuked such claims. He also made non-specific threats against the U.S. military and President Trump.
Members of the Iraqi riot police stand near a poster of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in a US drone strike in Baghdad, in a square in the Iraqi capital on December 3, 2020. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP via Getty Images)
“Soleimani’s killer and the one who ordered Soleimani’s murder must be avenged,” Khamenei stated. “These are related to all the arrogance and the US. That is in its place. However, as told by a loved one, Soleimani’s shoes is an honour to be over his killer’s head.”
The Ayatollah also called on the E.U. to lift sanctions on Iran as well as condemned President Trump’s latest peace efforts in the Middle East.