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Supreme Leader: There is no sign of change in US attitude towards Iran

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said in Tehran on Thursday that there has been no sign that American officials have softened enmity with Iran's Islamic establishment and nation, IRNA reported.

"There has been no sign of reduction in enmity of the US officials against Iran's Islamic establishment and nation because they (Americans) impudently threaten people and the Islamic establishment, while sending (relief) aid to the quake-stricken regions," said Ayatollah Khamenei in an address to a group of people and officials.

Addressing the audience on the anniversary of the historical uprising of a group of clerics in holy city of Qom against former monarchical regime, the Supreme Leader insisted that humanitarian relief aid has nothing to do with relations between the two countries.

Ayatollah Khamenei said through such measures the Iranian people would never forget the constant and strong hostility of the arrogant regime of the US towards them and their national interests.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the US should know that it must stop hatching plots and exerting different sorts of pressures on the Islamic system, stop opposing the interests of the Iranian people, cease supporting the usurper and criminal regime of Israel, halt doing injustice against the Iraqi and Afghan nations and discontinue blocking the financial and vital assets of Iran. The Iranian nation, said Ayatollah Khamenei, is a distinguished nation that would not bow to any bullying.

The Iranian nation will instead welcome those who deal with it peacefully and friendly, added the Supreme Leader.

Ayatollah Khamenei praised the Iranian nation for rushing assistance to their quake-stricken compatriots in southeastern city of Bam, saying the "great political move" carried a message to the ill-wishers of the Iranian nation.

The Iranian nation is highly interested in its national and Islamic identity, while strongly hating any bullying, threat, humiliation and false gestures, added the Supreme Leader.

The great show of solidarity and trust would definitely make international analysts and enemies of the Iranian nation come to the point that it will not be so easy to harm Iran and its nation and system, Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei advised the survivors of the quake disaster to lay their trust in God Almighty and be patient.

The Supreme Leader also instructed officials in charge to adopt measures to make buildings resistant to quake, considering the fact that Iran is situated in a quake-prone region. He said no mistake and blunder in that regard would be forgiven.

Switching to 7th Majlis elections, slated for February 20, Ayatollah Khamenei called on the Iranian people at large to have a high turnout in the decisive event.

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