Anti-American Ideology

Anti-American Statements from Iranian Leaders

The Iranian regime has maintained its virulent anti-Americanism as a core pillar of its ideology since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The regime continues to propagate its revolutionary slogan “Death to America,” and characterizes the United States as the “Great Satan.”

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Death to America

  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (February 8, 2019)

    “As long as America continues its wickedness, the Iranian nation will not abandon ‘Death to America.’ ‘Death to America’ means death to Trump, (National Security Adviser) John Bolton, and (Secretary of State Mike) Pompeo. It means death to American rulers.”

  • President Hassan Rouhani (December 6, 2016)

    “America... is our enemy, we have no doubt about this. The Americans want to put as much pressure on us as they can.”

  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (July 18, 2015)

    “[At Quds Day rallies the week prior,] You heard ‘Death to Israel’, ‘Death to the US.’ You could hear it. The whole nation was shaken by these slogans. It wasn’t only confined to Tehran. The whole of the nation, you could hear, that was covered by this great movement. So we ask Almighty God to accept these prayers by the people of Iran.”

  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (January 9, 2015)

    “Who is the enemy? The enemy is American capitalism and global arrogance which is headed today by America and the Zionists.”

  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (January 7, 2015)

    “Today, the camp of arrogance is opposing and making efforts against this government... The pressure that is exerted by arrogance on the people of Iran originates from this great and endless enmity. Their enmity is endless.”

  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (August 13, 2014)

    “Relations with the US and negotiating with that country, except in specific cases, will have no benefit to the Islamic Republic, but rather will be harmful.”

  • President Hassan Rouhani (May 8, 2013)

    “Saying 'Death to America' is easy. We need to express 'Death to America' with action.”

  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (March 21, 2009)

    “I have a piece of advice to the American officials, to all the decision makers – to the President, Congress, and all the others. The situation in which the U.S. government has found itself is detrimental to both the American people and its government. Today, you are hated throughout the world. If you don't know this, you should. The peoples burn your flag. The Islamic peoples all over the world chant: ‘Death to America!’”

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  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (April 23, 2011)

    "The arrogant powers of the world - namely, western powers, America and the Zionists … want to spread their hegemony over the entire world and the entire financial resources of the world. They want to dominate all human resources."