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Supreme Leader Warns in Event of Zionist Attack, Tel Aviv Would Be 'Razed' (Kayhan, Islamic Republic of Iran)


According to this news item from Iran's state-run Kayhan, Iran's most influential politician and theologian, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has again warned Israel that it would be mistaken to attack Iran, and has dismissed U.S. suggestion of direct talks with his regime, calling America untrustworthy.


April 7, 2013


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

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei explains to members of Iran's armed forces why he is rejecting direct talks with the United States, Feb. 7.


PRESS TV, IRAN [STATE-RUN]: Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei charges the United States with manufacturing 'lies' over Iran's nuclear program, Mar. 27, 00:04:53.RealVideo

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned that if the Islamic Republic's nuclear infrastructure comes under attack from the occupying regime, it will destroy the Zionist cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa.


"At times, officials of the Zionist regime threaten to mount an attack. But they know that if they make the slightest mistake, the Islamic Republic will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground."


The Leader dismissed the threat from Israel, describing it as "too insignificant stand out among enemies of the Iranian nation."


And he repeated again that Iran does not want nuclear arms.


"We have told you many times that we are not after nuclear weapons."


The Leader responded coolly to recent U.S. suggestions of direct talks between the two countries, which have had no diplomatic relations since the 1979 Islamic Revolution and ensuing hostage crisis involving American diplomats in Tehran.


"I am not optimistic about these talks. Why? Because past experience shows that for the American officials, talks do not mean sitting down to reach a logical solution ... What they mean by talks is that we sit down and talk until Iran accepts their viewpoint. But while I am not optimistic about their comments, I am not opposed either," the Leader said, adding that the solution to the issue is "easily accessible" if only America genuinely wanted an agreement.


Ayatollah Khamenei said that Washington had sent messages to Tehran, sometimes in writing, saying it is willing to hold bilateral talks apart from the negotiations with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany [P5+1].


He said the best way to resolve the standoff would be for the West to recognize Iran's right to enrich uranium and agree to a monitoring process to ensure it not be used for weapons.


"Iran only wants the world to recognize its right to enrichment, which is its natural right."


Ayatollah Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters, said there is no reason for Tehran to trust Washington, when Washington doesn't trust Tehran.


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"We have repeatedly told you that we are not after nuclear weapons. You say you don't believe us. Why should we believe you? When you aren't ready to accept an honest and logical remark, why should we accept your words, which have been so often proven false?"


The Leader said that the U.S. wants the nuclear issue to remain unresolved so it can continue to have basis for sanctions, which he said have harmed, but not crippled, the Iranian economy.


"Yes, sanctions have had an effect. If they (U.S.) want to be happy, let them be. ... Our economy suffers from the problem of being overly-dependent on oil. ... We have to wean our economy off of oil dependence."


The Leader said Iran's struggle against sanctions over the past year resembled a battle, and that the enemies had confessed to trying to "cripple the Iranian nation."


"What has happened over the past year - we need to learn a lesson," the Leader said, alluding to significant scientific and military progress. "This vibrant nation will never be brought to its knees."

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But Ayatollah Khamenei acknowledged that Iran had work to do to ensure it meets the challenge of economic warfare being waged against it. The Leader said beyond shaking off its dependence on oil exports, that the government needs to adopt more astute economic policies.


The last 12 months have inflicted a heavy financial burden on Iran's population. With inflation and unemployment soaring and the value of Iran's currency halved since a year ago, the vast majority of Iranians have tightened their belts for the Nowruz celebration - the nation's most important holiday.


The consumption of traditional food and the purchase of new clothing - central Nowruz traditions - have become a great deal more expensive.


The government has set up subsidized local markets to try and restrain food prices, and warned of heavy fines for those caught profiteering.


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