Iran’s Khamenei says US and other “disgraceful states” sanctions aim to turn Iranians against their government

Iran’s Supreme Leader has accused the United States and allies of fomenting unrest in Iran.

State TV Sunday quotes Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying the U.S. has formed a coalition with other “disgraceful states” that is unable to defeat Iran.

Khamenei didn’t name any specific nations in the so-called coalition but alleged it is imposing economic pressure on Iran to “separate the nation from the system.”

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“Further proof of Iran’s power is the coalitions U.S. formed in the region: If U.S. had the power to defeat Islamic Republic, they wouldn’t need to ally with disgraceful states in ME to create chaos and insecurity in Iran”, he tweeted.

“They bring to bear economic pressure to separate the nation from the system … but six U.S. presidents before him tried this and had to give up,” Khamenei was quoted as saying.

Last week, online videos showed police firing tear gas at protesters angered by Iran’s cratering economy. It was the first such confrontation after similar demonstrations rocked the country at the start of the year.

In recent years, Iran has provided financial aid to Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror groups in Gaza, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Yemen’s Houthi rebels and Shiite militias in Iraq. Since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Tehran has poured a reported $6 billion into propping up Assad’s government.

Protesters angered by Iran’s cratering economy confronted police officers in front of parliament on Monday, with security forces firing tear gas at them.