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Iran’s Khamenei points finger at Gulf Arab states for military parade attack

25 people were killed in the attack in the city of Ahvaz

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Khamenei urges Iran’s military to ‘scare off’ enemy: official website

“Increase your power as much as you can, because your power scares off the enemy and forces it to retreat,” the website quoted Khamenei as saying at a graduation ceremony for cadets of Iran’s regular armed forces.

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Iran’s Khamenei says war unlikely but urges boosting defense capacities

Iran announced plans to boost its ballistic and cruise missile capacity and acquire modern fighter planes and submarines to boost its defenses as the country faces increased tension with the United States

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Iran threatens to hit US, Israel

Iran warned on Wednesday it would hit U.S. and Israeli targets if it were attacked by the United States after President Donald Trump’s security adviser said Washington would exert maximum pressure on Tehran going beyond economic sanctions. A U.S.-Iranian war of words has escalated since Trump withdrew Washington from the world powers’ nuclear deal with…

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Iran’s Khamenei rejects Trump offer of talks

Iran’s Supreme Leader on Monday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s offer of unconditional talks to improve bilateral ties and he also accused the Iranian government of economic mismanagement in the face of reimposed U.S. sanctions. Washington reimposed the sanctions last week after pulling out of a 2015 international deal aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program…

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Americans will be defeated, says Iran’s Supreme leader

Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in his first public remarks since U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listed 12 demands of Tehran, said on Wednesday that Iran would defeat the United States if Iranian officials did their duty, state television reported. Referring to what he called the fundamental and deep enmity of the United…

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Iran military official: West used lizards for nuclear spying

TEHRAN: The former chief-of-staff of Iran’s armed forces said Tuesday that Western spies had used lizards which could “attract atomic waves” to spy on the country’s nuclear programme. Hassan Firuzabadi, senior military advisor to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was responding to questions from local media on the recent arrest of environmentalists. He said he…

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Protests hit Tehran, two demonstrators reported killed in Iran town

TEHRAN: Street protests hit Iran for a third day running on Saturday, spreading to the capital Tehran with crowds confronting police and attacking some state buildings, and a social media report said two demonstrators had been shot dead in a provincial town. The wave of anti-government demonstrations, prompted in part by discontent over economic hardship…

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U.S. plan to move Israel embassy sign of ‘failure’, Iran’s leader says

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks as he meets with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and other officials following an earthquake that hit Kermansheh province, in Tehran, Iran November 15, 2017. Leader.ir/Handout via REUTERS BEIRUT: U.S. plans to move its Israel embassy to Jerusalem are a sign of incompetence and failure, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah…

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Iran fires missiles into Syria in revenge for attacks

TEHRAN: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said it launched a series of missiles into Syria on Sunday in revenge for deadly attacks on its capital that were claimed by the Islamic State group. It was the first missile attack by Iran outside its own territory in 30 years, since the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88, media in the…

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Western terror policies have ‘backfired’: Iran leader

Attacks by the Islamic State group in Europe and elsewhere show that Western policies in the Middle East have backfired, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday.  “Today, Daesh (IS) is being pushed out from its birthplace in Iraq and Syria and is moving to other countries — Afghanistan, Pakistan and even the…

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Khamenei terms Saudis as America’s ‘milking cow’

TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei launched a fierce attack against regional rival Saudi Arabia, saying it was being pumped “like a milking cow” by “infidel” Americans. “The Americans have said, they are just there to pump them for money like a milking cow, and later slaughter them,” Khamenei said in his statement on…

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Results show Iran’s Rouhani winning re-election

TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appeared to have secured a convincing election victory with voters backing his efforts to rebuild foreign ties, as initial results were announced on Saturday. With almost all votes counted, Rouhani looked to have an insurmountable lead with 22.8 million votes compared to 15.5 million for his hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi,…

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Long queues as Iranians start voting in presidential election

TEHRAN: Iranians began voting on Friday in a closely-fought presidential contest between pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani and hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi that could determine the pace of social and economic reform and Iran’s re-engagement with the world. State television showed long queues outside polling stations in several cities and said 56 million Iranians out of…

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Khamenei says US Syria strike ‘strategic mistake’

Tehran: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said the United States made a “strategic mistake” by attacking Syria, Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday. The onslaught of 59 cruise missiles followed a suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun in northern Syria that killed 87 civilians, including many children….

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Iran will retaliate if US renews sanctions: Khamenei

TEHRAN: Iran will retaliate if the United States renews sanctions next month, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned Wednesday. “In the issue of the nuclear deal, the current administration has committed several violations, the latest of which is the renewal of the 10-year sanctions,” Khamenei said in a televised speech to thousands of members of…

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Iran leader slams ‘catastrophic’ US election

TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader said Wednesday that the level of debate between the US presidential election frontrunners showed the “catastrophe” of American politics and warned against any further negotiations with Washington. “These two candidates (Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump) show the catastrophic reality which goes beyond what even we were saying,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said…

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Iran’s Ahmadinejad should stay out of election: conservatives

TEHRAN: Iranian conservatives called on former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to stay out of next year’s election following a speech by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday. In a cautiously worded statement ahead of a theological class, Khamenei said: “A certain person came to me and I told him not to do a certain thing,…

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Iran’s Khamenei blasts Saudi management of holy sites in Makkah, Madinah

TEHRAN: With Iranians blocked from this month’s Hajj pilgrimage, their supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a furious rebuke to rival Saudi Arabia, saying the Muslim world should challenge its management of Islam’s holiest sites. “Saudi rulers… who have blocked the proud and faithful Iranian pilgrims’ path to the Beloved’s House, are disgraced and misguided…

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Iran supreme leader condemns Saudi embassy attack

    TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei publicly condemned Wednesday for the first time the January 2 attack on Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran as “a very bad and wrong incident”. “Like the British embassy attack before it, this was against the country (Iran) and Islam, and I didn’t like it,” he added….

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Iran leader says fresh elections needed in Syria

TEHRAN:  Iran’s supreme leader dismissed Sunday the chances of foreign countries bartering a deal over Syria’s future, suggesting they should focus on securing a halt to fighting that allows fresh elections. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also repeated his ban on direct talks with the United States about turmoil in the Middle East, saying US objectives in…

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