Iran Clarifies Threat: Says ‘Death to America’ NOT Directed at U.S. Citizens, Rather ‘Trump, Obama and Bushes’

Iranians burn US flags outside the former US embassy in Tehran on November 4, 2013, during a demonstration to mark the 34th anniversary of the 1979 US embassy takeover. Thousands of Iranians shouted 'Death to America' as they demonstrated 34 years after Islamist students stormed the embassy compound in Tehran, …
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A senior Muslim cleric in the Iranian city of Yasoujhas sought to reassure U.S. citizens that when Iranians chant bloodcurdling threats of “Death to America”  it does not mean death to all the American people – just some.

Rather, he said it means death to American leaders past and present – including Presidents Trump, Obama, George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush – so normal citizens should not be afraid of Iran’s vengeance.

Ali Asghar Hosseini added his hope that this slogan will be realized sooner rather than later but he is prepared to wait.

He then chanted: “Death to the leaders of America!” to ensure nobody in the U.S. would be unsure of the exact nature of his call.

The sermon aired on Dena TV (Iran) and was released by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

Chanting “Death to America” is a popular pastime in Iran, sometimes used as a greeting between friends and at other times as an opener or closer to large public gatherings.

Family events are also common venues for the chant where it is used to enliven proceedings.

In August, Iranians who gathered in Islam’s holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage called for Israel’s destruction as well as they as they chanted “Death to America,” as Breitbart News reported.

At a “disavowal of polytheists” ceremony in Mecca, the reading of a message from Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei reportedly prompted the crowd of Iranian hajj pilgrims to spontaneously chant, “Death to America! Death to Israel! … America is the enemy of Allah! Israel is the enemy of Allah [and] should be erased from the face of the Earth!”

In April, Iranian lawmakers opened a new session of the country’s Parliament with chants of “Death to America.”

The taunt was meant as a response to the White House’s designation of Iran’s elite paramilitary Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) a foreign terrorist organization.

Iran’s Supreme National Security Council also registered its displeasure by calling the U.S. Central Command, known as CENTCOM, and all its forces as “terrorists”, and labeling the U.S. a “supporter of terrorism.”

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