The attack against US military and coalition forces in Iraq were “a slap in the face” for the US, Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday in a televised speech broadcast on Iranian state TV.
The missile attacks were were succesful, Khamenei said, adding that US troops should leave the region.
“This region will not accept the presence of America,” he said.
“Military action like this is not sufficient. What is important is ending the corrupting presence of America in the region,” Khamenei said ruling out any resumption of talks with Washington about a 2015 nuclear deal.
“Talks and sitting for negotiations are the beginning of (US) intervention,” he said.
The US announced in May 2018 that it was withdrawing from the pact between Iran and world powers. Since then, the US has enforced a “maximum pressure” campaign, which involves imposing tough sanctions on Tehran.