Iran’s Ayatollah clarifies that ‘death to America’ slogan refers to policies

by Saeed Kamali Dehghan  |  published on November 4, 2015

From school assemblies to Friday prayers and city billboards, it is a slogan still ubiquitous in Iran: “Death to America!”

And Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has made it clear that the refrain will not leave the Islamic republic’s political lexicon any time soon.

“The slogan ‘death to America’ is backed by reason and wisdom,” the 76-year-old ayatollah said in remarks published on his website on Tuesday.

But Khamenei, who has faced criticism from hardliners at home over the landmark nuclear agreement with the US, also attempted to draw a line between the American people and their administration.

“It goes without saying that the slogan does not mean death to the American nation; this slogan means death to the US’s policies, death to arrogance,” he said.

  • Ron Coon

    And whoever adheres to those policies, whether they be the President or the homeless vagabond, will die.

  • rowleya

    If U kill our Liberty and freedom to live our lives as we want, it is the same thing as taking our life.
    Neither is acceptable and we must not allow it to happen.

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