According to Press TV, the Leader made the remarks in a meeting with families of martyrs of the Army, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and police force on Sunday.
“This revolution and the [Islamic] establishment, which came about [in Iran], have been faced with serious hostilities since its inception,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, noting that the United States has always sought to bring about “regime change” in Iran, but has always failed in its efforts to do so.
Downplaying US claim of regime change in Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Do not look at the bluster of this guy who has just come [to office as president] in America. These [anti-Iran claims] are not new. These have been there since day one, but their language and tone has changed.”
Referring to recent remarks by American officials about changing the Iranian government, the Leader noted, “They say we want to change the Islamic Republic establishment. Well, when have you not wanted to do this? You always wanted and you always failed and your nose has been rubbed in the dirt; [and] it will be like that from now on.”
Last Thursday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said while a US House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing that the Iranian government “continues activities and interventions that destabilize the Middle East.”
Asked whether the United States supported regime change in Iran, the American top diplomat said US policy was driven by relying on “elements inside of Iran” to bring about “peaceful transition of that government.”
“Our policy towards Iran is to push back on this hegemony, contain their ability to develop obviously nuclear weapons, and to work toward support of those elements inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of that government. Those elements are there, certainly as we know,” he said.