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Iran's supreme leader criticises US presence in Persian Gulf

Published 02/05/2016

Two Iranians walk past a decorated wall in a pavement in Tehran (AP)
Two Iranians walk past a decorated wall in a pavement in Tehran (AP)

Iran's supreme leader has criticised the US presence in the Persian Gulf region, saying American forces should go back to the Bay of Pigs.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's website quoted him as telling a group of teachers that American military drills in the region were proof of US arrogance.

He said: "You come from another side of the world to hold drills here.

"Go back to Bay of Pigs - what are you doing here?"

Ayatollah Khamenei's remarks were a reference to the failed invasion of Cuba by 1,500 CIA-trained exiles in 1961.

Muslims also view pigs as unclean animals, as the Koran prohibits followers of Islam from eating pork.

Ayatollah Khamenei has the final say on all state matters in Iran.

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