Khamenei says US, Britain will fail to isolate IranSupreme leader Ayatollah ayatollah: see Shiites.
In the Shiite branch of Islam, a high-ranking religious authority regarded by his followers as the most learned person of his age. The ayatollah's authority rests on the infallible imam. Ali Khamenei said on Sunday the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. and Britain who are Tehran's main "enemies" will fail to "isolate isolate /iso·late/ (i´sah-lat)
1. to separate from others.
2. a group of individuals prevented by geographic, genetic, ecologic, social, or artificial barriers from interbreeding with others of their kind. Iran" over its nuclear issue, state television reported.
"Americans are at the head of the list of enemies and the British are the most awful of them," Khamenei said, addressing thousands of people in a speech to mark a major Shiite ceremony.
"Americans, Zionists and other oppressive powers tried to isolate Iran for the past 30 years, but they failed and with God's help they will also fail in the future," state television quoted Khamenei as saying in reaction to sustained Western threats to isolate Iran over its atomic programme.