Added On January 19, 2020

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has described the U.S. assassination of Iran's Quds commander, Qassem Soleimani, as an act of "cowardice" which has hurt the U.S. superpower prestige. 

During his Friday prayers sermon, Khamenei said the Americans could not face Soleimani in the battlefield and hit him "furtively."
Khamenei added that Soleimani is respected by both Iranians and regional people.
He said the huge turnout of the Iranians and regional people in Soleimani's funeral ceremony was a "disgrace" for the United States.
Earlier this month, U.S. airstrike near Baghdad international airport assassinated Soleimani and in retaliation, the IRGC launched multiple missile attacks on the U.S. bases in Iraq.
Speaking of the recent Ukrainian passenger plane crash, Khamenei  said the "Iranian enemies" used the passenger plane crash to "tempt and provoke" anti-government sentiments, and to undermine the assassination of the Iranian senior commander by the United States.
Khamenei also slammed the recent move by Britain, France and Germany to trigger the dispute resolution mechanism in the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.