PRESIDENT Donald Trump on Tuesday called Iran “a bastion of bad intentions” that has been instrumental in the country’s development as a nuclear power.
The president also said Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is a “great danger” and called him a “champion of evil.”
“The Iranian people and leaders are the greatest threat to world peace,” Trump said.
“Iran is the great and most dangerous nation on earth.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has a very, very long and sad history of killing innocent people and taking hostages.
Iran has an unbelievable track record.”
Iran’s Supreme Court has said Khamenei has the authority to decide when to hold elections, which is why the country was singled out for a missile test in September.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards say they are in full control of the country and the nuclear program, but Washington and its allies believe Iran is seeking a nuclear weapon for its own security.
“The Islamic Republic is the greatest danger to world security,” Trump told reporters on the White House grounds, adding that he was concerned about the growing number of Iranian missiles and their threat to the U.S. military.
Iran, which Trump called a “bastions of evil,” has been accused of being behind dozens of attacks against Western targets in the past several years, including the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
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