Iran Leader Says Biden Arrival Not Automatically Good – They Will Have To Pressure Him

( The departure of President Donald Trump and the arrival of Joe Biden in the White House won’t automatically signal improved relations with Iran.

That was the word that came from the country’s supreme leader and president on Wednesday. They both warned that the two nations won’t instantly have better relations just because Trump won’t be in power any longer.

On Wednesday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, spoke in Tehran at the congregation hall known as Imam Khomeini Hosseinieh. There, he attended a meeting with his top military leaders as well as the family members of General Qassem Soleimani of the Revolutionary Guard.

Soleimani was killed by a United States drone strike while in Baghdad almost one year ago. That attack nearly culminated in all-out war between Iran and the United States after the two countries had seen escalating tensions in the months prior.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Khamenei said:

“You saw that what Trump’s America and (former President Barack) Obama’s America did to you. The hostilities are not just for Trump’s America, which ends when he leaves. Obama’s America also did bad things to you and the Iranian nation.”

During a Cabinet meeting earlier in the day, Iran President Hassan Rouhani criticized Trump as well. He said the president “has committed so many crimes. He was an assassin and a terrorist.”

Rouhani then turned his attention to the future leadership in the U.S., saying:

“Some people say, ‘You are excited for Mr. Biden.’ No, we are not excited Mr. Biden is taking office, but we are very happy Mr. Trump is gone.

“The upcoming American administration can choose what to do. The path is open. It’s up to them if they are grateful or ungrateful. If they want the right path, it’s ready. If they want the wrong path, that one is ready for them as well.”

Biden has suggested that he may try to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and other world powers that President Trump pulled the U.S. out of in 2018. Since then, Trump has also enacted more severe sanctions on the country and some of its leaders.

It is then when the tensions between the U.S. and Iran began. In addition to attacks and incidents in the Middle East, Iran abandoned agreed-upon limits on uranium enrichment.

Following the attack that killed Soleimani, Iran conducted a ballistic missile attack in Iraq that injured dozens of U.S. troops. On that same day, they mistakenly shot down an airliner from Ukraine that was taking off from Tehran. All 176 people aboard that plane were killed.

Tensions between Iran and U.S. ally Israel have increased significantly in recent weeks, too. On November 27, scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was allegedly the head of the AMAD project in Iran, was killed. Iran has blamed Israel for the attack, although nothing official has been confirmed as of yet.

Israel has insisted that Iran still has ambitions to create a nuclear weapon, even though the country has said it ended its “structured program” back in 2003.