Iran leader tweets photos of Obama holding a gun to his head

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Iran Leader Tweets Photos Of Obama Holding A Gun To His Head


On Saturday, Iran's supreme religious leader Ayatollah Khamenei tweeted this picture of what many say is a silhouetted President Obama holding a gun to his head.
The tweet is in response to Obama saying that the U.S. could still use military force should the recent nuclear deal with Tehran fall through.

Under the deal, Iran will be forced to limit its nuclear program in return for the lifting of billions of dollars of Western economic sanctions.

Ayatollah's picture reads, "We welcome no war, nor do we initiate any war, but if any war happens, the one who will emerge loser will be the aggressive and criminal U.S."

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In this picture released by the office of Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in a meeting with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the country's diplomats in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Khamenei warned against importing consumer goods from the United States as the Islamic republic prepares for the lifting of sanctions under a landmark nuclear deal. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani walks past a portrait of Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as he arrives to give a speech during a press conference in the capital Tehran on August 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)
TEHRAN, IRAN - OCTOBER 07: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a meeting with generals of Navy of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution and their families in Tehran, Iran on October 07, 2015. (Photo by Pool / Supreme Leadership Press Office/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NOWSHAHR, IRAN - SEPTEMBER 30 : In this picture released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader in Nowshahr, Iran on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a graduation ceremony of the Iranian Navy cadets in the Northern city of Noshahr, Iran. (Photo by Pool / Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
In this picture released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, meets with Iraqi President Fouad Massoum, center, as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sits in Tehran, Iran. A portrait of the late Iranian revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini hangs on the wall. Massoum is on a two-day visit to meet Rouhani and other senior officials to discuss a range of political and economic issues. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
In this picture released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a meeting in Tehran, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Khamenei is saying the fate of a historic nuclear deal with world powers is still unclear as lawmakers in both the Islamic Republic and the U.S. review it. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
ran dini lideri Ayetullah Ali Hamaney, mam Humeyni Nuehr Deniz Kuvvetleri Harp Okulu'nda düzenlenen mezuniyet törenine katld. (Photo by Pool / Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
In this picture released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, President Hassan Rouhani visits Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after his surgery at a hospital in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Iran's supreme leader underwent prostate surgery on Monday and was recovering at a government hospital in Tehran, state media said in a rare report on the state of health of the country's top cleric. The 75-year-old, who has final say on all state matters and has been Iran's top leader since 1989, was reported to be in "good condition" and his doctors said he was resting after the surgery. (AP Photo/Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader)
Iraqi security forces stand on top of a building covered with a poster of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock the third holiest site in Islam, during a demonstration marking the Quds (Jerusalem) International day in the capital Baghdad, on July 10, 2015. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
In this photo released by an official website of the Iranian supreme leader's office, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Iran's supreme leader underwent prostate surgery on Monday at a government hospital in Tehran, state media said in a rare report on the state of health of the country's top cleric. The 75-year-old, who has final say on all state matters in Iran and has been the country's top leader since 1989, was reported to be recovering. (AP Photo/Office of the Supreme Leader)
In this photo released by the official website of the Iranian supreme leader's office, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, attends a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Iran's supreme leader underwent prostate surgery on Monday at a government hospital in Tehran, state media said in a rare report on the state of health of the country's top cleric. The 75-year-old, who has final say on all state matters in Iran and has been the country's top leader since 1989, was reported to be recovering.(AP Photo/Office of the Supreme Leader)
In this photo released by an official website of the Iranian supreme leader's office, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a meeting with judiciary officials in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, June 22, 2014. Iran's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday he is against US intervention in neighboring Iraq, where Islamic extremists and Sunni militants opposed to Tehran have seized a number of towns and cities, the official IRNA news agency reported. (AP Photo/Office of the Supreme Leader)
In this photo released by the official website of the Iranian supreme leader's office on Thursday, March 20, 2014, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a message for the Iranian New Year, or Nowruz. Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year on the Iranian calendar. A picture of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini hangs on the wall. (AP Photo/Office of the Supreme Leader)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech under portraits of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Center L) and Iran's founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (Center R), on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Islamic revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's death, at his mausoleum in a suburb of Tehran on June 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)
TEHRAN, IRAN - JANUARY 29 : Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (not pictured) meets with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on January 29, 2014 in Tehran, Iran. (Photo by khamenei.ir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Which is from his speech on July 18, in which he said that the nuclear agreement made with diplomats earlier this month "will not change" Iran's policies toward the U.S.

That speech was followed with chants of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel."

Many Twitter users responded by mocking the tweet, not taking the threatening image seriously.

@pourmecofee said, "Um, check the agreement. You can't tweet memes without approval of UN Meme Council."

And @Will_Antonin tweeted, "Whoa. Since when did Iran develop graphic designers with a 'Mad Men" aesthetic?'" He makes a good comparison.

However others -- specifically U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry -- have called Ayatollah's response to the deal "very troubling."
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