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Iranian Cleric Warns Trump Not to Play with ‘Tail of the Lion’

Ahmad Khatami
Ebrahim Noroozi—AP Iranian senior cleric Ahmad Khatami delivers his sermon for Friday prayers at the Tehran University campus in Tehran, Iran, on Nov. 11, 2016.

Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami calls for U.S. President-elect to apologize to Iranians for calling them terrorists

Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami says that President-elect Donald Trump should apologize to the Iranian people for calling them terrorists during his campaign.

The senior religious scholar, in a Friday sermon broadcast live on state radio, said Trump should “respectfully apologize to the nation.” Khatami warned Trump about confronting Iran, saying he should know better than to play with “the tail of the lion.”

The cleric said that Tehran had successfully foiled and frustrated several of Trump’s White House predecessors.

He said Iran’s stance on the U.S. election is to avoid intervention or involvement in another country’s internal affairs. “We respect the people of other countries and we respect their elections,” he said.

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