NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed NATO’s concern about Iran’s activities that threaten the stability of the region and neighboring countries. He also expressed concern that Tehran continues to support armed groups in several countries.
All allies are concerned about Iran’s activities that threaten the stability of the region and neighboring countries. They are also concerned that Iran continues to support armed groups in several countries, something we are following closely. The allies are working to counter hostile intelligence activities that threaten stability and support terrorism.
The Iranian leader, Ali Khamenei, said that his country is going through difficult circumstances under the US sanctions and economic and livelihood crises experienced by the Iranian people, threatening the slap of America, as he put it.
“The Iranian people will slap the United States and defeat it by defeating the sanctions,” Khamenei said in a speech at a meeting of the Basij militia of the Revolutionary Guards at the Azadi stadium in Tehran and broadcast live on Iranian television.
He also called the figures calling for dialogue as “agents and not men of state,” saying that “who promotes in the Iranian interior to negotiate with the enemies are traitors.”
Khamenei said that “America wants to bow the Iranian people to surrender to it, but that will not happen, and those who are not aware of America’s hostility towards us is not the man of this stage.”
The Iranian leader considered the American pressure to be part of “media propaganda and soft war,” saying that “the image they are promoting about Iran is very distorted.”
“I know that the US president told some European officials that the Iranian regime will rule him for three months.”
The Iranian leader also praised the role of the Basij militia and reiterated his call for them to confront the threats against the regime from the principle of “freedom of fire by individual decision.” This is a military term that has been widely criticized for granting absolute freedom to all those who see it as opposed to the regime. Activists or confronting women and suppressing peaceful protests.