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Khatami warns US against backing Islamic Republic's opponents

Tehran, Feb 11, IRNA -- President Mohammad Khatami here Tuesday issued a blunt warning to US leaders against supporting Iranian dissidents and exiled opposition as Iran commemorated the 1979 victory of the Islamic Revolution with anti-war and anti-American rallies held around the country.

"America has once tried its luck in confronting this nation by supporting the regime of Shah, but I hope it will not be under further illusion to support the remnants of the former regime," he told a flood of the people who had converged at the Azadi square, west of Tehran.

On February 11, 1979, the Islamic Revolution rose to victory under the leadership of late Imam Khomeini, which marked the end of the US-backed Pahlavi regime, under Mohammad Reza.

"Independence and freedom from the yoke of the aliens have been the 150-year-long will of the Iranian nation over the past and only totalitarian rulers and their associates which used to rule on this country have been opposed to its independence," Khatami said.

The Iranian nation are fully united in defending the ideals of the revolution and safeguarding their independence, he said, adding "any aggressor will face the anger and rejection of all the (Iranian) people".

Khatami cited "bigger threats" against independent states, saying "any effort to impose tyrannical policies threatens the independence of all countries".

He reverberated Iran's categorical rejection of a probable US attack on Iraq, saying "the Islamic Republic is opposed to any military attack on Iraq".

Khatami, however, distanced himself from sounding to support the Iraqi regime which waged an eight-year imposed war against the Islamic Republic, leading to massive human and property losses.

"Our opposition to any attack on Iraq does not imply that we are content with the Iraqi regime," he said, adding "a military strike, besides inflicting massive damage to the noble Iraqi people, will lead to tension and insecurity in the region".

"Attack on Iraq is in line with America's unilateral policy and its illegitimate intervention in other countries' fate. But, world countries have announced that they object unilateral and bullying policies," Khatami said.

The Iranian president also hailed the "righteous struggle of the Palestinian nation" against the Zionist Israeli regime, saying "the Islamic Republic supports the oppressed Palestinian nation and their combats, while it opposes the repression, massacre and state terrorism of the ruling (Israeli government) in the Palestinian lands".

"The Islamic Republic considers the ongoing crimes in Palestine as constituting crime against the whole humanity," Khatami said.

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