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Presidential candidates 'annihilating US reputation': Iranian supreme leader

Published 02/11/2016

Masks of the US presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on display (AP)
Masks of the US presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on display (AP)

Iran's supreme leader has criticised both US presidential candidates.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had harsh words for both Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump in a speech marking the 1979 takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran.

Khamenei said Mrs Clinton and Mr Trump's comments in the presidential debates "are sufficient for the annihilation of the reputation of the United States", though he did not directly name either candidate.

He also described Americans as "liars, untrustworthy, deceitful and backstabbers" while saying he still opposed any direct negotiations with the US, despite the recent nuclear deal.

Iranian state television aired two of the three US presidential debates live.

In October, Khamenei described the two candidates as "bad and worse".

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