Iran will respond to the growing hostility from President Donald Trump when it celebrates the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution this week, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in his first public comments since the U.S. imposed new sanctions on his nation.
“He says, ‘Be afraid of me,”’ Khamenei said, referring to Trump in a speech to air force commanders and personnel posted on his website on Tuesday. “People will respond to this on the anniversary of the revolution with their presence in the streets, and they will show what stance the population takes in the face of threat.” Iran marks the revolution that led to its Islamic Republic on Feb. 10.
Iranian officials have said they won’t be intimidated by the Trump administration, which put their nation “on notice” for testing a ballistic missile last week and then sanctioned a list of entities it said were linked to the missile program. Iran said the test launches are a matter of sovereignty and security rather than a signal intended for Trump, who had tweeted that Iran was “playing with fire.”