January 17, 2020 / 8:57 AM / a month ago

Khamenei: Iran gave U.S. 'slap on face', calls missile strikes 'day of God'

DUBAI (Reuters) - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a Friday sermon that Iran’s missile strikes on U.S. targets in Iraq this month delivered a “slap on the face” to the United States, showing the Islamic Republic had divine support.

During a spike in tension, Iran launched missiles at U.S. targets on Jan. 8 in response to a U.S. drone strike on Jan. 3 that killed Qassem Soleimeni, a powerful Iranian general who was close to Khamenei.

“The fact that Iran has the power to give such a slap to a world power shows the hand of God,” Khamenei said, after referring to the launch of missiles against U.S. targets as a “day of God”. His comments were met by chants of “Death to America!”.

Reporting by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Edmund Blair

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