TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's supreme leader says anyone trying to foment unrest around the country's upcoming presidential election, like that which followed the disputed 2009 vote, "will be hit with a slap."
Iranian state television quotedas making the comment Wednesday during a graduation ceremony for cadets in Iran's Revolutionary Guard in Tehran.
Khamenei also referred to a "wealthy American Zionist merchant" trying to interfere in Iran's 2009 election in his comments, likely referring to liberal billionaire George Soros.
Iranians will go to the polls May 19. Moderate, whose administration struck the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, is seeking another four-year term.
Iran's disputed 2009 re-election of former hard-line Presidentled to months of unrest and dozens of deaths.