Tehran has once again slammed Washington’s recent belligerent rhetoric and measures against Iran, saying the world is currently witnessing age-old enmity of the United States towards the Islamic Republic under the administration of President Donald Trump.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi made the remarks on Thursday in response to the latest anti-Iran claims by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
The Iranian official said the news coming out every day on Trump’s decisions, false remarks by some new US officials, in addition to widespread anti-Trump protests both at home and abroad "clearly show a change of president in the US.”
After taking office, the new US president ordered sweeping travel bans against a number of Muslim-majority countries, including the Islamic Republic. The order was followed by widespread domestic and international backlash.
Qassemi further said, "There may have been changes inside the US, but what seems to have remained unchanged is the US hostility toward Iran and the Iranians.”
The Iranian nation and government have also remained unchanged in terms of their resolve and determination to pursue independence, Qassemi said, adding that Iranians are resolved to continue the path of "dignity, wisdom and vigilance” in the face of enemy plots as well as excessive demands by the White House officials.
On Tuesday, Spicer claimed that "Iran is kidding itself if they don’t think there’s a new president in town.”
He further accused Tehran of trying to violate a nuclear deal signed by Iran and the P5+1 group of countries – the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany – in July 2015.
Spicer’s claims came hours after Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the Iranian people would be responding to Trump’s anti-Iran threats on the upcoming anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
"Trump says, ‘Fear me!’ No. The [Iranian] people will respond to these remarks [during nationwide demonstration] on Bahman 22 (February 10) and will show what position the Iranian people assume vis-à-vis threats,” the Leader said, referring to the date on the Persian calendar coinciding with the victory anniversary of the February 11, 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Ayatollah Khamenei said Trump "has relieved us of [a lot of] trouble and by revealing the real face of America, has proven what the Islamic Republic of Iran had said during [the past] 38 years about the political, economic, moral, and social corruption within the ruling system of America.”
The Leader further stated that Trump "has laid bare the real nature of America before the eyes of the people of the world through his remarks and measures both during election campaigns and in recent days, and is showing the truth about America.”