Khamenei: You'll Be Gone in 25 Years, Israel

Iran's supreme leader takes to Twitter to threaten 'Zionists,' rebuff US
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2015 1:40 PM CDT
In this picture released by the official website of his office, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech during a meeting in Tehran today.   (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

(Newser) – As House lawmakers contended with more chaos on the Iran nuclear deal today, the supreme leader of Iran was busy making his own statements that appear to squash any hopes of Iran trying to mend its delicate relationship with the US via the deal, per the Times of Israel. Instead, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took to Twitter to first threaten Israel and then to send the US a pointed message or two. "After negotiations, in Zionist regime they said they had no more concern about Iran for next 25 years," the tweet read. "I'd say … you will not see next 25 years. … Until then, struggling, heroic and jihadi morale will leave no moment of serenity for Zionists." As the Times points out, the statement was juxtaposed over a picture of someone (ostensibly Khamenei) walking over an image of an Israeli flag painted on the sidewalk.

Khamenei didn't quit there, reiterating other messages he reportedly made in a speech in Tehran, CBS News notes. He seemed to close the door on future talks with the US about other topics, stressing, "We allowed negotiation with US only on nuclear issue for certain reasons, in other areas we did not and will not allow negotiations with US," adding that "[US] negotiation is means of infiltration and imposition of their wills." He then rubbed salt in the wound, finishing up with: "We would negotiate and reach agreement in different levels of 'state, religion or ethnic groups' with all countries but the Great Satan," using the epithet bestowed on America by his predecessor, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. (He's gone off on this subject before.)

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