Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has issued a stern warning to both President Barack Obama and the U.S. government, which suggests that if they attack his country they will be committing suicide.
Khamenei decided to issue this warning via the very modern medium of Twitter. Khamenei's official Twitter account, which posts regular updates and news about the Ayatollah, posted the following message on Saturday.
US president has said he could knock out Iran's military. We welcome no war, nor do we initiate any war, but.. pic.twitter.com/D4Co7fVuVgThe above image clearly features a silhouetted President Obama holding a gun to his head. It also has a direct quote from the Ayatollah that he made just last week, which reads: "If any war happens, the one who will emerge loser will be the aggressive and criminal U.S."
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) July 25, 2015
Ali Khamenei accompanied the graphic warning to the U.S. with the following, "US president has said he could knock out Iran's military. We welcome no war, nor do we initiate any war, but..."
Since being uploaded on Saturday, the message has been retweeted close to 700 times and favorited over 257.
However, most comments in response to the tweet simply derided the threat and post:
@khamenei_ir Um, check the agreement. You can't tweet memes without approval of UN Meme Council.
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) July 25, 2015
.@khamenei_ir If the US held an up/down referendum on it, your country would be a glass parking lot in the next 30 minutes.
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) July 25, 2015
@iowahawkblog Whoa. Since when did Iran develop graphic designers with a "Mad Men" aesthetic? @khamenei_ir
— Will Antonin (@Will_Antonin) July 25, 2015
.@khamenei_ir Someone needs a hug...
— The Foo (@PolitiBunny) July 25, 2015
@khamenei_ir pic.twitter.com/jyYoMsabHqU.S. Secretary Of State John Kerry admitted last week that Ali Khamenei's recent speech that vowed to defy American policies in the region were "very troubling."
— NoSlackDelta (@Demon31G) July 25, 2015
A new nuclear deal that was devised in Vienna last week means that Iran will now be subjected to curbs on its nuclear program over the long-term future.
Speaking to Al Arabiya, via the Washington Times, Kerry stated that he had to take Khamenei's declaration that U.S. policies in the region were "180 degrees" opposed to Iran's, which he made with a kalashinikov in his hand, "at face value."
Kerry then added, "But I do know that often comments are made publicly and things can evolve that are different. If it's the policy, it's very disturbing, it's very troubling."
[Image via Majid/Getty Images]