Iran’s supreme leader has mocked the US presidential election in a televised address, quoting President Donald Trump’s own baseless claims about voter fraud to criticise the vote.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, 81, reiterated a long-standing Iranian position that it didn’t matter whether Mr Trump or Joe Biden wins the vote, despite high stakes for the Islamic Republic over oil and nuclear negotiations.
“The incumbent president, who is supposed to hold the elections, says this is the most-rigged US election throughout history,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, not acknowledging that individual US states run the vote. “Who says this? The sitting president who is arranging the elections himself. His opponent says Trump intends to widely cheat. This is American democracy.”
“Such an empire will not last long. It’s obvious that when a regime reaches this point, it will not live for much longer and will be destroyed,” he added.
“Of course, some of them if they take office will destroy America sooner, and some others if elected will cause America to be destroyed a bit later.”
In this picture released by an official website, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses the nation in a televised speech marking the birthday of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, in Tehran, Iran, November 3, 2020. (Image: AP)