Khamenei - U

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, meets with top

military commanders. According to the supreme leader's Web site, this

photo was taken some time last month. Smiling behind Khamenei is

Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi.

 

 

Kayhan, Islamic Republic of Iran

Supreme Leader Calls 'Nuclear Threats' By Obama 'Disgraceful'

 

Has President Obama threatened Iran with a nuclear attack? According to this news item from Iran's state-controlled Kayhan, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, says President Obama's recent statements not only threaten Iran and North Korea with nuclear attack, but are an insult to 'all other nations.' The article also describes a letter of complaint to the U.N. about these 'threats.'

 

April 13, 2010

 

Islamic Republic of Iran - Kayhan - Home Page (English)

The enigmatic supreme leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei: Being implicitly mentioned as a violator of the NPT leaves it open to U.S. attack under America's new Nuclear Posture Review. Tehran has complained to the United Nations.

 

BBC NEWS VIDEO: Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei calls allegations that Iran is building a nuclear weapon 'nonsensicle', Feb. 19, 00:01:35RealVideo

TEHRAN: Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the leader of the Islamic Revolution, condemned U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday for issuing a threat of nuclear attack against the Islamic Republic. "He has implicitly threatened Iranians with nuclear weapons. These comments are very strange and the world shouldn't ignore them, because in the 21st century, a head of a state is threatening a nuclear attack," the leader told top military officials in Tehran. "The U.S. president's statements are disgraceful. Such comments harm the United States and mean that the U.S. government is wicked and unreliable," the leader added.

 

On Tuesday, Washington unveiled its new nuclear policy [the Nuclear Posture Review], which limits the nation's use of its nuclear arsenal - but indicated the United States could make exceptions in the case of "outliers" like Iran and North Korea.

 

Highlighting the significant role of the armed forces in defending the nation's territorial integrity, Ayatollah Khamenei said that a vigilant Iranian nation is determined to remain on the path of God. Referring to global developments, the leader said that in such a world, a powerful, vigilant and courageous military force is of prime importance.

 

Given the atrocities committed by the big powers and their leaders, the leader said that those who are real warmongers are the one's trampling on the legitimate rights of other states under the guise of advocating human rights.

 

"Certain governments and their leaders fully back aggression and the establishment of terrorist organizations to achieve their sinister goals. But in dealing with the international community, they take a humanitarian posture and use soft words."

 

The leader said that recent statements made by the U.S. president, who explicitly threatened Iran with nuclear weapons, are a prime example of such posturing.

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"These remarks are surprising and the world shouldn't ignore them - particularly in the 21st century, which is regarded as the era of human rights and campaigning against terrorism. The Americans did their best to imply that the Islamic Republic of Iran is not a trustworthy country on nuclear issues. But the fact remains, that those who possess such weapons and shamefully threaten others with such bombs are the unreliable ones."

 

 

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The leader advised Iran's armed forces to exercise vigilance and prepare to deal with these threats. "After 30 years, the Iranian nation has proven its great power and that it's capable of thwarting every plot hatched by its enemies," added the Leader.

 

He urged the armed forces to adopt all needed strategies to promote the country's defense capabilities.

 

"The armed forces should always be on full alert and be prepared to counter any threat by taking their training seriously," the leader said. Prior to his remarks, the chief of staff of the armed forces, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, briefed the leader on the great potential and combat readiness of the Iranian armed forces for dealing with various scenarios.

 

IRAN TO COMPLAIN TO U.N. OVER OBAMA THREAT

 

Iran said on Sunday that it would lodge a formal complaint against U.S. President Barack Obama with the United Nations for threatening the country with a nuclear strike. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said the move was backed by 255 of Iran's 290 Majlis [parliament] members.

 

"We will submit a formal complaint against this kind of threat to the United Nations," he said. The spokesman went on to describe Obama's remarks as "a threat to global security" and stated, "Such remarks prove that those countries which possess nuclear weapons are the greatest threat to global security."

 

Last week, Obama made clear that his administration reserves the right to launch a nuclear attack on Iran under the pretext that the country is developing an atomic bomb.

 

Iran, a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, says its program is only for civilian applications of the technology. The U.N. nuclear watchdog [the IAEA] has declared in many of its reports that there is no evidence of a military objective to the country's nuclear work.

 

Along with the United States, the occupying regime of Israel, which possesses the Middle East's only nuclear arsenal, has repeatedly threatened to attack Iran.

 

Iranian lawmakers, who have instructed the Foreign Ministry to lodge the letter of protest, warned the Obama Administration against destabilizing the "already tense Persian Gulf and Middle East." In a statement, 225 MPs condemned Obama's warmongering tone, saying that the U.S. president has endangered global peace and security. They added that by using the language of war, the U.S. president has humiliated all nations.

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Praising recent nuclear achievements achieved by young Iranian scientists, the MPs said that by winning such victories, Iran's nuclear scientists have proven that their enemies cannot deprive the Iranian nation of its legitimate rights by issuing resolutions and imposing sanctions.

 

"Such moves by the U.S. and its allies, led by the illegitimate Zionist regime, cannot prevent the technological and scientific development of the Iranian nation," the MPs said.

 

CONTENTS OF LETTER

 

Iran has submitted a formally complained to the U.N. over comments MADE by President Obama. Accoring to the official Iranian Republic News Agency, Tehran considers the comments to be "nuclear blackmail.

 

In the letter, which was submitted on Tuesday, Tehran questions the "intent" of Washington's new nuclear policy [the Nuclear Posture Review], which it says contains threats of nuclear attack against Iran.

 

"UN members shouldn't tolerate or ignore nuclear blackmail in the 21st century," the letter says. It was delivered by Iran's U.N. envoy, Muhammad Khazai.

 

 

According to the complaint, "The United States, in an illegitimate manner, has identified a non-nuclear country as a target for its atomic weapons and is drawing up military plans on that basis."

 

Last week, Washington unveiled its new nuclear policy, which limits the use of its nuclear arsenal, but singles out Iran and North Korea as exceptions for reportedly flouting U.N. Security Council resolutions.

 

Obama himself in an interview with The New York Times said that Iran and North Korea were "outliers" when it came to his new nuclear policy.

 

"Such comments are not only express an intent, but are part of official U.S. documents used for the formulation of American policy for using atomic weapons against a non-nuclear country that is a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty. And therefore, it is a real threat to international peace and security and also harms the NPT," the letter says.

 

The letter also says that U.S. officials, such as Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have publicly made "implicit threats" to "use nuclear weapons against Iran" based on completely incorrect assumptions."

 

As a victim of weapons of mass destruction, the letter says that Iran is committed to creating a world without nuclear weapons. "U.N. members should take firm measures to destroy all nuclear weapons, as this is the only guarantee against their use or threats of their use," the letter says says.

 

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday lashed out at Obama for his recent remarks on Washington's new nuclear strategy, saying that his comments indicate a lack of experience. Ahmadinejad said American leaders still act like cowboys and Western movie heroes.

 

"Whenever there is a problem, they take out their guns."

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