In an incendiary speech, Khamenei insisted the US will retreat from any further moves against the Islamic Republic due to the Iranian people’s resolve. Tensions between the two countries have been souring ever since Trump took office three years ago, especially since the US President withdrew from the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic. Commenting on the current relations between the two countries, Khamenei said: “In this showdown America will be forced to retreat because our resolve is stronger.
“The definite decision of the Iranian nation is to resist against America.”
The Supreme Leader’s comments come as the UK’s Iranian ambassador Hamid Baeidinejad warned Iranian forces would be “ready for any eventuality in the region”.
He added: “They should not try to test the determination of Iran to confront any escalation in the region.”
Amid the recent back and forth between the two countries, Trump has boldly stated he would send more troops to the region if necessary.
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Khamenei continued: “This face-off is not military because there is not going to be any war.
“Neither we nor the US seek war.
“They know it will not be in their interest.”
Recent reports have stated the US would consider sending almost 120,000 troops to the region to respond to any attack or escalation.
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Moreover, the State Department announced it evacuating all non-emergency staff from neighbouring Iraq and would closing the US Embassy in Baghdad.
In response to those rumours, Trump stated: “Hopefully we’re not going to have to plan for that.
“And if we did that, we’d send a hell of a lot more troops than that.”
In response, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif claimed Iran is not seeking conflict but “always defended” themselves.