Iranians Chant “Death to America” While Negotiations Continue

Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, presided over chants of “Death to America” in his Nowruz address to the people of Iran.

Nowruz is the Persian New Year and the Supreme Leader traditionally gives on address to mark the festival.

As part of his Nowruz address, Khamenei responded to President Obama’s Nowruz video message, in which he spoke directly to the Iranian people and called on them to support a nuclear deal.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that Obama’s Nowruz message was asking Iranians to submit to American demands in exchange for economic relief, couching the negotiations in terms of struggle rather than mutual benefit.

The crowd then broke out in chants of “Death to America” which was repeated multiple times over the course of the hour long speech.

Translation by Iranian human rights activist Nima Rashedan

By contrast, Obama’s Nowruz message to the Iranian people said that a nuclear deal would bring a brighter future for the people of Iran and urged them to support the negotiations.