November 2, 2017
Iran labels the U.S. as its “number one enemy,” and threatens to continue its efforts to increase its defense capabilities.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivered the warning Thursday as Washington slaps new sanctions on the Middle Eastern nation over its nuclear missile activity.
President Trump says the sanctions are aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons and becoming a problem like North Korea.
Iran’s supreme leader denies the country is investing in a nuclear program, and claims maintaining its missile system is solely for defense purposes.
“If we do not develop our defense capabilities, our enemies will be more audacious, more aggressive, more encouraged to attack us,” announced Ali Khamenei . “What I’ve been emphasizing is that U.S. is the country that is literally our enemy and is hostile and evil.”
President Trump has also accused Iran of supporting terrorism in the region, which the Middle Eastern nation blames the increase of militant groups on the U.S.’s policies.
The rising tensions come after the Trump administration de-certified the Iran Nuclear Deal, and threatened to pull out of the accord entirely.