Iran's nominated Defence Minister Amir Hatami attends a parliament session to discuss the president's proposed cabinet in Tehran on August 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.)  – Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami said that the his nation’s armed forces are monitoring all U.S. activities against his country at various political, economic and social levels.

Hatimi, in a statement made during his visit to the home of former Defense Minister Major General Musa Namjo, pointed out that “American anti-Iranian activities at various political, economic and social levels aim to break the resistance of the people and destabilize the security of the country, but the U.S. will be defeated by the Iranian people this time. It happened in previous times,” he said.

He stressed that “the Iranian armed forces are working according to the directives of the Leader of the Revolution, Imam Khamenei, in strengthening its capabilities and defending the people and the country and consciously monitoring all the activities of the desperate enemies and resolutely responding to them,” he said, according to Mehr Agency.

Shortly after the Iranian Islamic Revolution in 1979 , Tehran and Washington cut diplomatic ties after the U.S. embassy in Tehran was seized and 55 people were kept hostage for 444 days.

Hostility between Tehran and Washington has grown since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 and imposed sanctions on Iran that paralyzed its economy. Iran responded by gradually reducing its obligations under the agreement signed in 2015.

The hostility reached unprecedented levels in early January when the Iranian military commander, Major-General Qassem Soleimani, was killed in a U.S. drone strike.

Iran responded on January 9 by firing missiles at two bases in Iraq that host American forces stationed.

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