“That does not mean opposition to learning a foreign language, but [this is the] promotion of a foreign culture in the country and among children, young adults and youths… Western thinkers have time and again said that instead of colonialist expansionism … the best and the least costly way would have been inculcation of thought and culture to the younger generation of countries.” – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Y Net News, 7 January 2018.
“As for the recent days’ developments [in the country], enemies have been united to create problems for the Islamic system by using various means… Including money, weapons, politics and security apparatus… I have a lot more to say about these developments but will share them with our dear people at an appropriate time.” – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, South Front, 5 January 2018.
“The Iranian nation will forever owe the dear martyrs, who left behind their homes and families, to stand against the wicked enemies.” – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Aljazeera, 3 January 2018.
“I have something to say on these events, and I will speak to the dear people when the time is right.” – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Aljazeera, 3 January 2018.
“The enemy is always looking for an opportunity and any crevice to infiltrate and strike the Iranian nation.” – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, BBC News, 2 January 2018.
“The enemies have united and are using all their means, money, weapons, policies and security services to create problems for the Islamic regime. The enemy is always looking for an opportunity and any crevice to infiltrate and strike the Iranian nation.” – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Deutsche Welle, 2 January 2018.
“The dignity, security, and progress of the Iranian nation is owed to the self-sacrifice of the martyrs. What prevents enemies from exerting their atrocities is the spirit of courage, sacrifice, and faith within the nation.” – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, BBC News, 2 January 2018.
“Reagan was more powerful and smarter than Trump. He was a better actor in making threats. He also moved against us and shot down our plane. … But Reagan is gone and, according to our beliefs, he now faces God’s retribution… while Iran has made great advances in all areas since Reagan’s time.” – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, The Times of Israel, 27 December 2017.
“This trend will continue under the current American president and any hopes on their part that the Islamic Republic would back off or weaken is futile.” – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, The Times of Israel, 27 December 2017.
“Those who had all the country’s facilities under their control and those who had the countries’ management facilities under their control aren’t entitled to play the role of opposition and talk against the country; rather, they should be responsive [now]. … Besides their services [to the country], there has been damage [done to the country by them]; [they should be thanked for their] services, and the damages should be criticized fairly, responsibly and wisely. [Although] the criticism shouldn’t be done with cursing and slandering. Criticizing and accepting criticism is necessary, but slandering and [unfair attacks] are forbidden.” – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Al-Monitor, 27 December 2017.
“It is not considered an art if a person repeatedly slanders and attacks various entities and organizations, because every child can throw a rock at a window to break it. The art is to take God into account and speak logically, and [to] avoid speaking for personal [interests] and attaining power … because God will question humans for every word [they utter].” – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Al-Monitor, 27 December 2017.
“[One who] pretends to be revolutionary is not [necessarily] a revolutionary. Being a revolutionary is hard work, because it requires a man to be committed and pious, and it is not possible that a person [can govern] the country for a decade and in the next decade turn into an opponent of the country.” – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Al-Monitor, 27 December 2017.
“[Ronald] Reagan was both wiser and more powerful than [Donald] Trump. Reagan’s administration took measures against Iran; they shot down one of our passenger aircraft. But where is Reagan, and how powerful is the Islamic Republic now?” – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Al-Monitor, 27 December 2017.
“The US government is trying to divide Iran. It is also profiting from the help of some wealthy states in our region. They must know that we will advance, powerfully, with divine favor, just as we did when we defeated them in our region. Just as we rubbed their noses into the dirt, we will go forward with great power. With divine permission, we will disappoint the United States [and its ambitions] in all arenas.” – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Al-Monitor, 27 December 2017.