Press TV 
Saturday, March 21, 2009
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution says the US has shown no sign of a real change in its hostile attitude toward the Iranian nation.
Addressing masses of people in the holy city of Mashhad on the occasion of Nowruz (the Iranian New Year), Ayatollah Khamenei said the US has mistreated the Islamic Republic, which will not be forgotten by the Iranian nation.
Ayatollah Khamenei said the US has not showed any sign of ‘genuine’ change in its ‘hostile’ policy toward the country, reiterating Washington has only changed its ‘tone’ on Iran.
The Leader added the US has repeatedly ‘insulted’ the Iranian nation and has threatened the country with military strikes under various pretexts, which cannot ‘intimidate’ the Iranian nation.
Ayatollah Khamenei said the US has been a ‘challenging test’ for Iran since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979 by practicing a 30-year animosity toward the country.
Referring to the starting point of the US animosity toward the Iranian nation, the Leader said “the US provoked anti-Iran groups in any part of the country where subversive actions were initiated to disintegrate the country”.
Ayatollah Khamenei also condemned the US support of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the war with Iran which dragged for eight years.
“Saddam Hussein could not have attacked Iran if Washington had not given him the green light.”
The Leader also blamed Washington for downing Iran’s passenger plane in 1988 by a US warship in which all 290 people on board were killed.
Iran and the US have had no diplomatic ties for thirty years after the Islamic Revolution toppled a US-allied monarch in the country in 1979.
Since then, the US has imposed different sanctions against the country for allegations including sponsoring terrorism and pursuing a military nuclear work.
The Leader’s remarks came a day after US President Barack Obama addressed the Iranian nation and leaders in videotaped message on the occasion of Nowruz.
In the message released on Friday, President Obama said he was ready to bring ‘new beginnings’ to the relations with the Islamic Republic, promising ‘constructive ties’ with the country.
He said his new administration was committed to ‘diplomacy’ with Iran. He, however, echoed US old accusations against Iran, saying Tehran had ‘a choice’ to abandon what Washington considers as Iran’s effort to sponsor terrorism throughout the world.