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Khamenei Attacks Media, Defends Show Trials of Opposition Figures

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has harshly criticized certain media outlets for promoting distrust and creating suspicion in society, Mehr News Agency reported.

"The unfortunate trend of promoting rumors and slandering each other will darken hearts and the atmosphere of the society," he told worshippers in his Eid al-Fitr prayers sermon in Tehran on Sunday.

Commenting on the recent televised trials of people arrested during the post-election unrest, Ayatollah Khamenei said that according to the national law and the Islamic religion, the confessions the defendants made in front of cameras and millions of viewers are conclusive evidence.

Eid al-Fitr prayers sermon in Tehran

However, he noted that according to Islamic law, the defendants' remarks about other people should not be aired because it would promote distrust in the country. He also said the judicial system has a duty to bring wrongdoers to justice.

"In this respect, actions should be taken decisively based on the law, but punishing a wrongdoer is different from pressing charges against someone based on speculation and assumptions and promulgating these charges in society," he added.

The Supreme Leader also thanked the Iranian nation for taking part in the International Quds Day demonstrations.

"This year, the enemies of this nation tried harder than ever before to undermine Quds Day, but the great nation of Iran, throughout the country... showed that they understand sensitive situations and shouted out their demands," he stated.

Commenting on the large rallies staged by Muslims in various parts of the world on International Quds Day, Ayatollah Khamenei said the demonstrations showed that the Islamic ummah (community), like the Iranian nation, will not tolerate tyranny even if the oppressor enjoys support from the most powerful countries.

U.S. claims about Iranian nuclear and missile programs are lies

In a meeting with Iranian officials and ambassadors of Muslim countries based in Tehran on Sunday, the Leader also dismissed the U.S. claims about the alleged Iranian missile threat and the country's nuclear program, Press TV reported.

"Such claims are made in line with the policy of Iranophobia, while the Islamic Republic of Iran has not attacked any country over the past 30 years," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

"Claims that Iran is producing nuclear weapons are lies about the Islamic establishment. Because of its Islamic beliefs, Iran prohibits the production and use of nuclear weapons," he added.

"U.S. officials are aware of this issue, but they repeat their allegations in line with their policy of Iranophobia."

Ayatollah Khamenei urged the U.S. government to correct its policy and said, "The Iranian nation, with its vigilance, sees these hostilities and will not back down."

"The Islamic establishment will not remain silent in the face of an attack on the Iranian government and people," the Leader stated.

Iran is being pressured to halt its uranium enrichment program, as Western countries, spearheaded by the U.S. and Israel, claim its peaceful nuclear program is actually cover for a program to produce a nuclear bomb.

But Iran has denied the charges and has called for the eradication of all the weapons of mass destruction in the world.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- Russia, China, Britain, France, and the U.S. -- plus Germany (the 5+1 group) are preparing to hold wide-ranging talks on October 1 on global issues, including Tehran's nuclear program.

Ayatollah Khamenei stressed the importance of strengthening unity among Islamic nations, saying, "If Muslim nations were united and made use of their political and geographical capabilities... the bullying powers would not be able to impose their plans on Muslim governments."

"The Iranian nation is a pioneer in fighting the Zionist regime... This regime is an illegitimate regime that has destroyed a nation, and the defenders of human rights have closed their eyes to its blatant acts of cruelty and crimes," he said.

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