Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has blamed “Enemies” for unrest that has seen 22 deaths as Washington sought to increase pressure on the Islamic regime that is facing its biggest test in years.

In a speech carried on state television, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei broke his silence on the protests for the first time since they erupted last Thursday.

He said the enemies have united and are using all their means, money, weapons, policies and security services to create problems for the Islamic regime.

The Supreme Leader said the enemy is always looking for an opportunity and any crevice to infiltrate and strike the Iranian nation.