Does Ayatollah Khamenei want to make Iran into North Korea?

At first glance, the recent outburst by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is in line with his habitual anti-Americanism. Speaking on live television, Khamenei declared a ban on importing any Covid-19 vaccines made in the US or UK. He specifically named the vaccine made by the American company Pfizer which has already helped immunize millions of people in the US and around the globe. In most countries, competent health authorities decide on which vaccine should be used. Iran has no shortage of credible health professionals and has historically been a hotspot for medical tourists from…

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