…..Called Trump clown
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said European nations including the UK “cannot be trusted” but Tehran is not against negotiating with anyone – except the US.
Giving his first sermon in eight years in Tehran, the top cleric branded Donald Trump a “clown” who only pretended to support the Iranian people and would “push a poisonous dagger” into their back.
Mr Khamenei also hailed missile strikes against US targets in retaliation for the assassination of Iran’s top military commander as a “slap on the face” to the superpower.
American forces have now revealed that 11 troops were injured in the attack, after initially saying no service personnel had been hurt.
Mr Khamenei’s defiant address came as the Iranian leadership faced pressure both at home and abroad.
Thousands had gathered inside the grand mosque in central Tehran and packed the surrounding streets, chanting “Death to America”.
Iran has been rocked by protests after the military admitted to mistakenly shooting down a passenger plane killing all 176 passengers on board, in the tense hours after the missile attack.