The measures have hit Iran’s economy hard.
“The sanctions do put pressure on the country and the people,” Khamenei said, according to a transcript on his website of a speech in Tehran to commemorate an event from the 1979 revolution.
“The Americans happily say that these sanctions are unprecedented in history. Yes, they’re unprecedented. And the defeat that the Americans will face will be unprecedented, God willing,” he added.
Khamenei lambasted U.S. officials’ approach to Iran as irrational, saying: “They are first-class idiots.”