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Iran's Khamenei: some US officials are 'first-class idiots'

AFP  |  Tehran 

Iran's Ayatollah Wednesday dubbed some US officials "first-class idiots" as he ridiculed them for predicting the collapse of the Islamic Republic.

"Some US officials pretend that they are mad. Of course I don't agree with that, but they are first-class idiots," he said in speech in Tehran, quoted on his feed.

Khamenei was having a dig at US officials who had predicted there would be regime change in by the end of 2018.

"A while ago, a US had said, among a gathering of terrorists and thugs, that he hopes to celebrate this in Tehran," Khamenei said, according to his feed.

"was a few days ago. This is how US calculations work."

It was not clear to which US he was referring, but members of have called for regime change and predicted it would happen soon.

This has included -- a long-time -- who often speaks at gatherings of the exiled People's Mujahedeen of (MEK) opposition group, considered a terrorist cult by Tehran's leaders.

"Before 2019 we here will celebrate in Tehran," Bolton told an MEK meeting in in July 2017.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 16:55 IST