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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures as he delivers a speech in Mashad, Iran, March 21, 2018. Leader.ir/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.

Widely used ‘Death to America’ slogan directed at Trump, Iran leader claims

Al-Arabia – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed on Friday that the “Death to America” slogan widely used since the 1979 Islamic Revolution was directed at Trump and current US officials.

“As long as America continues its wickedness, the Iranian nation will not abandon ‘Death to America’,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday according to Reuters.

An Iranian demonstrator holds an anti-US poster in a state-organized annual rally in front of the former US Embassy in Tehran in 2016 on the 37th anniversary of the seizure of the embassy by Iranian students. (AP)

The anti-American slogan “Death to America” was first used in Iran in the Revolution of 1979 by the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, who overthrew the Shah of Iran.

“‘Death to America’ means death to Trump, (National Security Adviser) John Bolton, and (Secretary of State Mike) Pompeo. It means death to American rulers,” Khamenei added.

During the 1979 hostage crisis where 52 Americans were held hostage after Iranian college students took over the US embassy in Tehran, protesters shouted “Death to America.”

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