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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.”

Death to America

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    Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (November 3, 2022)

    "Yes, it will happen. Death to America will happen. Some people say: By chanting ‘Death to America,’ you bring America's animosity upon yourself. I say that this is not true. When America began its hostility towards Iran, nobody had been chanting 'Death to America.'"

  • Brigadier General Esmail Qaani, Commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force (January 1, 2021)

    “I warn the U.S. president, CIA director, secretary of defense, secretary of state and other American officials involved in the assassination of martyr Soleimani that they must learn the clandestine lifestyle of Salman Rushdie because the Islamic Republic will avenge the blood of martyr Soleimani which was shed unrightfully.”

  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (February 8, 2019)

    “‘Death to America’ means death to Trump and John Bolton and Pompeo,” Khamenei said, referring to John R. Bolton, then U.S. national security adviser, and Mike Pompeo, then U.S. secretary of state. “It means death to American leaders, who happen to be these people at this time,” he added.

  • 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!"

America Is The Enemy and Its "Enmity Is Endless"

  • President Ebrahim Raisi (January 3, 2023)

    “We have not forgotten and will not forget the blood of martyr Soleimani, and let them know that revenge for the blood of martyr Soleimani is certain,” Raisi said in a televised speech.

  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (March 1, 2022)

    “Iran advocates ending the war in Ukraine. However, the solution to any crisis only works when the root cause of the crisis has been identified. The root of the crisis in Ukraine are the US policies that create crisis, and Ukraine is one victim of these policies.”

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    President Ebrahim Raisi (January 3, 2022)

    "If Trump and (former Secretary of State Mike) Pompeo are not tried in a fair court for the criminal act of assassinating General Soleimani, Muslims will take our martyr's revenge…The aggressor, murderer and main culprit – the then-president of the United States – must be tried and judged under the (Islamic) law of retribution, and God's ruling must be carried out against him," Raisi added.

  • Major General Hossein Salami, Commander-in-Chief of the IRGC (November 4, 2021)

    “The country that has the Statue of Liberty does the most work of oppressing, suppressing and hanging of the freedom-seekers in the world and produces most of torture devices in the world and sends them to all dictators around the world and teaches torture techniques to them in order to imprison the seekers of truth, justice and freedom.”

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    President Ebrahim Raisi (January 1, 2021)

    “They will witness severe revenge. What has come so far has only been glimpses… Do not presume that someone, as the president of America, who appeared as a murderer or ordered a murder, may be immune from justice being carried out. Never,” he said. “Those who had a role in this assassination [of Qassem Soleimani] and crime will not be safe on Earth.”

  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (January 17, 2020)

    The villainous U.S. government repeatedly says that they are standing by the Iranian people.  They lie.  If you are standing by the Iranian people, it is only to stab them in the heart with your venomous daggers.  Of course, you have so far failed to do so, and you will certainly continue to fail.”

  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (November 2, 2017)

    “The American president’s foolish remarks against our people show the depth of America’s hostility towards the entire Iranian nation. America is the number one enemy of our nation.”

  • 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 (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." 

The Great Satan

Regime’s Goal Is to Destroy the United States

America Created ISIS and Al-Qaeda

  • Mohammad Jamshidi, Deputy Chief of Staff for Political Affairs in the Raisi Administration (January 3, 2024)

    “Washington says USA and Israel had no role in [the ISIS] terrorist attack in Kerman, Iran. Really? A fox smells its own lair first," Jamshidi posted on X. "Make no mistake. The responsibility for this crime lies with the U.S. and Zionist regimes [Israel] and terrorism is just a tool," he added.

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    President Ebrahim Raisi (September 21, 2022)

     “For a country that wishes to have justice but then creates and trains these terrorist organizations to unleash on others, that is a shame,” Raisi said before the U.N. General Assembly. “Humanity does not only belong to certain parts of the world.”

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    Speaker of the Parliament Mohammad Ghalibaf (May 2, 2022)

    Addressing an open session of parliament in Tehran, Ghalibaf said the U.S. is using Daesh [ISIS] to create insecurity in Afghanistan in order to create ethnic-religious sedition in Afghanistan and to put pressure on the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) government to yield to its demands, Fars News Agency reported.

  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (July 21, 2021)

    “The interfering, malevolent hand of the U.S. and its cohorts is completely visible,” he said. Khamenei declared that Iran’s regional proxies were working to expel the U.S. military from the region. “In Iraq, the Resistance Forces are powerfully pushing back the occupying U.S. and its puppet [ISIS].”

  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (January 1, 2020)

    “Look at what the U.S. is doing in Iraq and Syria.  They’re taking revenge on the Hashd al-Sha’bi for defeating ISIS.  Since Hashd crippled and destroyed ISIS—which the U.S. had created—they’re taking revenge.  The Iranian government and nation and I strongly condemn the U.S.’ malice.”

  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (October 18, 2017)

    “The United States is an international Zionist agent, the creator of the ISIS terrorist group, as well as takfiri terrorist fronts. Therefore, do you expect the US president not to be angry at IRGC that stands against ISIS? They are angry, because today the Islamic Republic of Iran has managed to spoil their plots in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, etc.”

  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (June 12, 2017)

    That US arms a terrorist group is what causes instability. Who created #ISIS? The US!

  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (January 9, 2015)

    "Enemy spy services are behind the efforts to sow disunity among Muslims... A Shia version connected to the British spy agency-the MI6-and a Sunni version, which is the mercenary of the CIA, are both fake and working against Islam."

  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (October 13, 2014)

    "If anyone fuels the fire in this regard, he or she will definitely be helping sinister America and Britain which are the creators of the ISIL and al-Qaeda."

  • Basij Commander Mohammad Reza Naqdi (September 13, 2014)

    "The White House is the headquarters of the ISIL.” Washington itself created the “cancerous tumor and devious current." 

U.S. Seeks to Dominate Iran, Islamic Lands, and the World

  • Major General Hossein Salami

    Major General Hossein Salami, Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (May 20, 2023)

    “Although the Americans martyred Haj Qassem Soleimani, they received the first blow and now are receiving the second blow, which is nothing but their gradual withdrawal from the region,” Major General Hossein Salami said.

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    President Ebrahim Raisi (December 7, 2022)

    “The Americans are after destruction and want a destroyed Iran instead of a strong Iran,” Raisi said. “They want here to become Syria and Afghanistan.” He added in reference to the U.S.: “Who’s the dictator? The one who imposes so many sanctions against this country.”

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    Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (November 23, 2022)

     “Security services, [Israel], and Western politicians who have made plans for a civil war and the destruction and disintegration of Iran must know that that Iran is not Libya or Sudan,” Amir-Abdollahian said on Twitter, while failing to provide any evidence to back his claim.

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    Speaker of Parliament Mohammad Ghalibaf (November 2, 2022)

    “Relying upon the assistance of the almighty God, all conspiracies waged by the U.S. government have totally been foiled by the vigilant nation of Islamic Iran.” Ghalibaf went on to say that the United States has spared no effort in taking sinister measures such as coup, launch of civil war, arming the terrorist groups, extremists, occupation, etc. against Islamic Iran.

  • President Ebrahim Raisi (April 3, 2022)

    “Any country in the region, which turns a blind eye to the hegemonic goals of the United States and the Zionist regime, will not only step on the rights of its nation, but will also invoke the wrath of the Muslim nations,” Raisi said in a phone call with his Iraqi counterpart, then-President Barham Salih.

  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (October 6, 2021)

    “The less developed countries whose armies are completely under the control of the U.S. Army and the like are in an even worse situation.”

  • Major General Hossein Salami, Commander-in-Chief of the IRGC (November 4, 2021)

     “The Islamic Revolution of Iran disrupted the atmosphere of political domination, and a unique and amazing victory over American policy occurred. It shattered the American political order that sought to rule half of the planet. This was the beginning of a great jihad (endeavor for the sake of God) on the part of the Iranian nation to recover the grandeur it had lost.”

  • 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."