Iran leader warns Trump Jerusalem 'violation'

Iran leader warns Trump Jerusalem 'violation'

Iran strongly condemned US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel Wednesday.

"That they claim they want to announce Jerusalem as the capital of occupied Palestine is due to their incompetence and failure", Khamenei told various Iranian officials according to his official website in comments reported by Reuters.

The comments come as Trump is expected to announce on Wednesday that the USA will recognize Jerusalem as its capital instead of Tel Aviv.

Speaking to an audience of Iranian officials and ambassadors of Muslim countries to Iran, Khamenei stressed that "Zionists" would be unable to achieve their goals, and that Palestine would be finally liberated.

Declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving the United States embassy there will "lead to a substantial change in the American position on the Palestinian issue", Abbas wrote, "and will significantly disrupt the efforts to revive the peace process". Iran has long supported a number of Palestinian militant groups in their fight against Israel.

At the same gathering, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said, "Quds belongs to Islam, Muslims and the Palestinians, and there is no place for new adventurism by global oppressors", according to Mizan, the news site for the Iranian judiciary.

Certain rulers in the region are "dancing to America's tune" Khamenei said, an indirect reference to Iran's main regional rival Saudi Arabia.

During a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Rouhani called on Islamic states to join hands in opposing the "dangerous" move by the Trump administration. Therefore, the Islamic Republic of Iran strongly condemns this act and calls on the worldwide organizations, influential countries, and especially the Islamic states, to maintain the stability of the region and prevent the United States from doing so, which is only for the benefit of the Zionist regime.

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