The Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei asserted that issues raised by nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are evidence that “spirituality and faith are lacking among those in power” in America.

Addressing university students on Wednesday, Ayatollah Khamenei expressed disappointment in the US presidential race.

The Iranian supreme leader discussed the difficulties and problems perplexing human beings today, and the dead-end that materialistic thought sustains.

“The campaigns held during presidential elections in the US and the issues raised by the two major candidates are a clear manifestation of lack of spirituality and faith among those in power,” he said.

“Within the next few weeks, one of these two dueling candidates in the U.S. election – whose status and words you can observe – will become the president of a country which holds the world’s most power, wealth, nuclear weapons, and media,” Ayatollah Khamenei added.

The race for the White House has hit a new low in recent weeks. Donald Trump has been in the media hotspot after accusations of sexual assault.

In return, he has raised Bill Clinton’s history with women, slamming those who have accused him of sexual misconduct.

The Republican candidate has also warned about a “rigged election”, raising doubts in the country on whether he would accept the outcome of the election.