In the aftermath of the US elections, the Iranian leadership has given varied responses in reaction to the results. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a statement asserting, “Our policy toward the US is clearly set and does not change with the movement of individuals. It does not matter to us who comes and goes.” Furthermore, Khorasan, a hardline controversial newspaper published the following headline on its front page “The Unmasked Enemy Is Gone, the Masked Enemy Has Arrived!” As for the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani and his Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, they were more flexible and chose to focus on the opportunity for possible negotiations with the new US administration, but they also used condescending language as they talked about Iran’s preconditions, as if Tehran is the one imposing harsh economic sanctions on the US.
First lady Michelle Obama, center, hugs former President George W. Bush, as President Barack Obama and former first lady Laura Bush walk on stage at the dedication ceremony of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (AP)
A Hezbollah flag flutters in the southern Lebanese village of Khiam, near the border with Israel, Lebanon July 28, 2020. (Reuters)