NICOSIA, Cyprus — Iranian President Ali Khamenei today accused President Reagan of lying when he said the United States did not originally plan to sell arms to Iran in return for American hostages in Lebanon.
"This is an open contradiction. (Reagan) has been compelled to speak this language before the American public," Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency quoted Khamenei as saying at the weekly prayer meeting at Tehran University.
"One can conclude now that the present American statesmen are neither honest, nor do they enjoy real power--whether this is mental power or the power of faith. They do not even believe in their own task anyway," Khamenei said.
It was the first Iranian reaction to Reagan's Wednesday night speech on the Iran- contra affair. It was monitored in Nicosia.