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 U.S. as the “Great Satan”.

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Death to America

  • 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.”

  • 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)

    "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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The Great Satan

  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (October 18, 2017)

    “The US – the US government, the political regime of the US – is obviously a devious and malicious phenomenon. As Imam [Khomeini] pointed out, it is the Great Satan. It is really the Great Satan.”

  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (September 9, 2015)

    "Some people insist on disguising this Great Satan as the savior angel. (However,) the Iranian nation expelled this Satan (from the country); we must not allow that when we expelled it through the door, it could return and gain influence (again) through the window."

  • Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi (February 9, 2014)

    "We have problems with the U.S.A. over dozens of issues…Nothing has changed. The U.S.A. is still the Great Satan in our view."

  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (January 30, 2012)

    "England, France and finally America--which is the Great Satan--spread their hegemony over the Islamic Ummah. They humiliated the Islamic Ummah as much as they could. They planted the cancerous tumor of Zionism at the heart of the strategic Middle East region and they strengthened it in every way."

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