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Ex-president asks "arrogant" US to act wisely over Iran

Chairman of the arbitrative Expediency Council, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, has advised US to cast aside its arrogant approach towards Iran and treat the Islamic Republic wisely, IRNA reported from Tehran.

"Our problems with America, if Washington does not treat Iran with arrogance and pride and gives back the country's rights, are solvable," the former president said at the late Imam Khomeini's mausoleum to commemorate his 14th demise anniversary.

Washington has frozen Iranian assets at US banks since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. America has whipped up its anti-Iran rhetoric in recent weeks, accusing Tehran of pursuing nuclear arms program and harboring suspected terrorist al-Qaeda group.

Rafsanjani said, "America today feels incapacitated and its pretexts and unfounded accusations against the Islamic Republic of Iran are the result of this feeling."

"Americans are suffering from a contradiction in their policies and behavior both at the regional and international levels," he said.

Rafsanjani slammed US for turning a blind eye to the massive participation of Iranians at the ceremonies to mark the departure anniversary of the late Imam Khomeini, and instead magnifying the "microscopic movements of worthless individuals".

"If America and its friends treat Iran wisely and look at the massive presence of the people in all scenes ... their behavior towards Iran will become wiser," he added.

"It is very strange that the global arrogance does not see the zealous turnout of the Iranian people at the ceremonies to commemorate their late leader as well as their commitment to the Islamic establishment, but they hype up the microscopic movements of worthless individuals," the cleric added.

"This whole flurry of American rage and spite against the Iranian nation is due to the fact that the Islamic Revolution disrupted US balance and neutralized its plots," Rafsanjani said.

He cited the 1980-1988 Iraqi-imposed war against Iran, economic sanctions, and US support for the terrorist anti-Iran groups among some of Washington's plots.

"We must maintain our vigilance, given that Americans do not take lessons from their failures and people's participation in the scene, and refrain from any move which may lead to differences," Rafsanjani added.

Supreme leader: Any attack on Iran would prove suicidal

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in Tehran on Wednesday reiterated that Iran did not seek to wage a war against any country, but warned that a military attack on the Islamic Republic would prove suicidal since Iranian youth would strongly repel it, IRNA reported.

"The Iranian nation and officials are not after a war and they would not drag the country to the precipice of a military showdown, but all must know that attacking Iran would mean suicide for the aggressor," he said at the 14th demise anniversary of late Imam Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic.

The statements drew the thunderous "Death to America" chants of close to a million of mourners, many coming from remote corners of the 65-million country, who had crammed Imam Khomeini's mausoleum and its surroundings in the southern outskirts of Tehran.

"Iranians from all walks of life, especially the enthusiastic and prepared youth, will strongly and stiffly confront any attacker," the supreme leader said.

Washington has revved up its Iran-bashing rhetoric and threats in recent weeks, accusing Tehran of pursuing an aggressive nuclear program and sheltering suspected terrorist al-Qaeda group, charges which the Islamic Republic has repeatedly rejected.

Ayatollah Khamenei assured that the threats were not anything new and that any American attack on Iran would cost the American government very dearly.

"They also have realized this. Thus, they seek to terrorize Iranian people and officials by speculating on a military attack or other threats so that they achieve their wishes upon the retreat of (Iranian) officials and their betrayal of the nation.

"But, among the state officials in the three branches of power, no one has the right to entertain the slightest willingness for a retreat and if anyone takes a step for the submission of the nation ... the nation in ultimate ruthlessness will shun him," the supreme leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei also warned that "the enemy's propaganda instruments and their branches inside are intending to insinuate conflicts and differences among Iranian officials".

"But, the enemies of the nation will take to hell their wish of division among the pillars of the establishment and presence of anti-Imam elements in the ranks of the country's chief officials," he added.

"Though they might have managed to infiltrate some elements into certain apparatus or attracted certain weak elements, this would not solve their problem, since the main officials of the country as well as the nation are united over the principles of Imam (Khomeini) and strong pillars of the establishment," Ayatollah Khamenei said.


The supreme leader also denounced as "shameless lies" US accusations that Iran backed terrorists.

"While totally supporting the biggest terrorists of the world, including the Zionist (Israeli) regime, Americans are brazenly accusing the great Iranian nation of backing terrorism.

"But all know that Iran, unlike America, has never supported terrorism and has never sheltered any terrorist," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

US officials, who had once accused Tehran of giving refuge to al-Qaeda elements, have recently claimed that the suspected group operated from havens inside Iran.

The supreme leader turned the tables on Washington, saying it was US which raised anti-Iranian perverted groups, such as Taliban which provided haven to al-Qaeda, in order to "strike a blow on Iran".

"But this treacherous plot did not work and they (Americans) are now choking on the same mouthful they took once," he said.

Ayatollah Khamenei also warned the "neo-conservative" American leaders that "it is impossible to conquer the Islamic world by wars and military attacks which will have no consequence than deepening anti-American sentiments".

"You cannot call millions of people, whose hearts are filled with hatred and spite against oppressors and occupiers, terrorists just as you, with all your efforts, cannot call Palestinian combatants and the oppressed Palestinian nation and brave Lebanese youth who have risen against the occupation of their countries, as terrorists."

"Terrorists are those who have risen to confront nations through occupying their countries and like Saddam (Hussein), by using dictatorship and despotism, do not let the Iraqi nation bring to power their own choice of government," he said in cutting reference to Americans.

Ayatollah Khamenei also slammed Washington for accusing the Islamic Republic of being despotic and totalitarian.

"The American accusations that the Islamic Republic of Iran is inattentive to democracy is among the biggest jokes at this juncture. This shows that the enemy is upset to see the banner of religion and democracy flying in the Islamic Iran.

"That is why they accuse the ruling democratic establishment in Iran of being despotic and dictatorial," the supreme leader said.

Official blasts at US for conspiring to overthrow Iran's system

Member of the Expediency Council (EC) Hojjatoleslam Nateq Nouri said the Untied States would not move militarily against Iran but it would seek to overthrow Islamic system through internal popular uprisings, IRNA reported from Shiraz, Fars province.

Speaking in a gathering of female basij members, he said the United States is enduring to provoke the masses against the system, to portray the Islamic system as inefficient, to support the opposition groups as part of efforts to bring regime change in Iran.

There are some in the country who act, to undermine the pillars of the system and to weaken the revolutionary institutions by the heavy criticisms they direct at them, he noted.

The United States is afraid of the Velayat-e Faqih, Guardian Council, basij, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as well as a strong unity amon the people and so it tries to sow discord among the masses to materialize its evil objects.

The holding of referendum, an idea launched by some inside the country and the focus on claims that there are unelected powerful bodies in Iran's system are in fact waves that fan the flames sparked by the Islamic system's enemies, Nateq Nouri said.

He commented on some features of the Iranian system and said there is close links between the people and the leadership, the people have strong faith in the religious values and principles and the officials are competing in rendering services to the masses.

He said the people's respect for the revolutionary values and the officials respect for constitutions and their attempts to promote the rule of law would disappoint the enemies of Iran and Velayat-e Faqih.

Cleric says US after overthrowing Islamic system through psychological war

Representative of the Vali-e Faqih in the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) condemned the move by the United States to launching a psychological war aimed at overthrowing Iran's Islamic system, IRNA reported from Hamedan.

Major cleric Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani made the remarks while addressing a gathering held here to commemorate Imam Khomeini's departure anniversary.

Iran's arch-foe, he said, is conspiring to make the Iranian masses distance themselves from the Islamic lofty values and tenets and direct them toward the western culture, he said.

On the other hand, some in the country are raising unsubstantiated claims that the religious state is inefficient as a way to act in line with the US interests, he noted.

Movahedi said these hostile voices are heard while the late founder of the Islamic Republic had repeatedly encouraged officials to act to cement unification among masses.

He commented on Imam Khomeini's attitudes on the social life of masses and said the late Imam had encouraged officials to take action to uproot poverty, discriminatory behaviors, corruption in state services and injustice.

Returning to US pressures on Iran, the major cleric said the United States is well aware that it can not overthrow the Islamic system through military action so it is after achieving its evil aims through sowing discord among Iranians.

The United States is supporting ideas such as holding referendum in Iran while it is raised by some political camps in the country, he said adding that such ideas are meant to deal blows on the Islamic culture now dominating the Iranian society.

The majority of the Iranian population has already demonstrated their strong faith in and loyalty to the Velayat-e Faqih, he noted.

Movahedi Kermani who is also a member of the influential leadership Expert Assembly said the system that was founded by the wisdom and attitudes of the late founder of the Islamic Revolution does not need any change.

He said the change to the present system is not needed but those favoring change should be put away from the system.

Unfortunately there are some at the head of certain state organizations that launch ideas on the national system and Velayat-e Faqieh that are upheld by the US too.

He said the Iranians have deep belief and trust in the religious culture and this principle contributed to efforts by the Late Imam to topple the despotic regime of the American-backed Shah.

The cleric's statements came after the IRGC in a statements issued Monday vowed that the brave Iranian people will dedicate their blood to the last drop to thwart any possible aggression against the country.

The IRGC statement marking the anniversary of Imam Khomeini's departure said as every day passes, the world arrogance sees the Islamic Revolution is gaining strength so that it employs every conspiracy to undermine the Islamic Republic.

It said that the allegations about violation of human rights in Iran and propaganda campaign against Iranian nuclear program are all aimed to disappoint the Iranian people, but to no avail.

Iran and the United States severed diplomatic relations after the 1979 Islamic revolution, when students following the line of Imam Khomeini seized the US embassy here and held its staff hostage.

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