Ali Khamenei AP 19.10.2010
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waving to a crowd in the Iranian city of Qom, Oct. 19, 2010. Photo by AP
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The United States will suffer the same defeat as that experienced by despotic Mideast regimes, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted as saying by Iran's Fars news agency on Thursday, as the country's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared the era of worldwide "hegemonic powers" was over.

In a meeting with Iranian officials in Tehran, Khamenei, referring to recent Mideast turmoil, which had seen regimes changes in both Tunisia and Egypt, said that it was God's will that the United States would too be defeated by what he sees as an Islamic revolution.

"Not only corrupted and despotic rulers but the United States and other world powers with an aggressive nature will finally suffer a defeat by nations and God's promises will come true," Khamenei said.

The Supreme Leader's comments came after Iran's President, also speaking in Thursday, said that murderous and corrupt world powers were collapsing as a result of a global Islamic awakening.

"The human society is moving rapidly forward and today's hegemonic powers, which are unrivaled in corruption, pillage, massacre and crimes, are already collapsing," Ahmadinejad said during a visit to the city of Qom.

The Iranian president added that "an Islamic awakening is taking place in the world," saying that a "major movement is underway and we can see its signs in every corner of the globe."

Last month, as Ahmadinejad, speaking on state TV, said that popular demands for change will put an end to the oppression of what he called "arrogant powers." Without signaling out nations by name, he says similar uprisings will strike Europe and North America.

The president also condemned Libya's use of force against demonstrators and urged Libyan leaders to give in to the demands of their people. Iran's hard-line leaders have sought to claim some credit for the uprisings in Arab nations, saying the 1979 Islamic Revolution provided inspiration.

The calls for solidarity with protesters across the Arab world came in stark contrast to its own actions to crush dissent at home.

Two people were killed and dozens arrested in Iran last month when thousands of opposition supporters in Tehran and other cities took to the streets in defiance of a heavy security presence to back uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia that toppled their leaders.

An opposition website said at least 1,500 people were arrested last month while taking part in the banned protests and many wounded in clashes with security forces. Police claimed that dozens were arrested and 9 policemen were injured in the rallies.

Iran warned opposition groups on Saturday against staging demonstrations to commemorate the people killed during the protests, state media reported.
Iran brutally put down protests on its own streets after Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election in 2009.