His comments to Tehran workers and entrepreneurs came a day after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in Riyadh, urged unity among Persian Gulf countries in confronting Iran. "If these govt. officials gain some wisdom, they won't confront the Islamic Republic; but, if they stand against Iran, they will certainly suffer from defeat".
"Americans are the ones who should leave.The Middle East, the west of Asia and the Persian Gulf is our home", Khamenei said.Iranian state TV quoted Iran´s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi as saying Tehran would keep on backing its friends in the region despite USA pressure to curb its influence. "The United States is with Israel in this fight", Pompeo said during his meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
After airstrikes against military bases in Syria on April 30, Iranian sources denied that any of its soldiers were killed in the attack.
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"The Americans are trying to provoke Saudi Arabia and some regional states to confront the Islamic republic", Khamenei said, adding that those countries should not be deceived by the United States.
"This support will continue as long as the two governments need such help to combat terror", he said, adding that criticism of their presence in Yemen was "only aimed at deflecting the attention of the worldwide public opinion from the crimes being committed daily by Saudi Arabia in its aggression against the country". "If these countries have any common sense, they will not engage in a conflict with Iran".
Khamenei stressed that the USA forces should leave the Middle East as they are the cause of insecurity in the region. On May 12, President Donald Trump will decide whether the United States remains a party to the nuclear deal signed between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany in July 2015. In exchange, Iran received relief from sanctions, most of which were lifted in January 2016.