Washington, DC (Reuters) — Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has announced that he supports Americans but not President Trump, and is asking Congress to approve a “Do Not Kill Registry” which residents of the U.S. can sign to avoid future retaliation by the Islamic republic.
“We support Americans, but not the war,” Khamenei told Iranian news agency Press TV on Monday at 8:00 a.m. Iran Standard Time. “Death to America means death to Trump and the current American rulers.”
In solidarity with U.S. residents, Khamenei wore a dark blue suit with an American flag pinned to the lapel.
Officials from the Khamenei administration said the Do Not Kill Registry already includes a number of former Obama administration officials, including John Kerry and Valerie Jarrett.
“We included Kerry and others because the Ayatollah values their work,” Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told CNN. “But normal Americans will have to sign up or risk random attacks from our agents already embedded in your homeland.”
The registry must be voted on by the House Judiciary Committee before going to the full House and Senate for approval.
“We expect President Trump to sign the registry into law or be acknowledged by the world as a leader who doesn’t care about his people,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “We stand with the Ayatollah.”