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

Published: September 9, 2018
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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks at the Hussayniyeh of Imam Khomeini in Tehran, Iran. 
PHOTO: REUTERS

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks at the Hussayniyeh of Imam Khomeini in Tehran, Iran. PHOTO: REUTERS

DUBAI: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday urged Iran’s armed forces to increase their power to “scare off” the enemy, according to his official website, as the country faces increased tension with the United States.

US President Donald Trump in May withdrew from Iran’s nuclear agreement with world powers, a deal aimed at stalling Tehran’s nuclear capabilities in return for lifting some sanctions, and ordered the re-imposition of US sanctions that had been suspended under the deal.

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“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.

“Iran and the Iranian nation have resisted America and proven that, if a nation is not afraid of threats by bullies and relies on its own capabilities, it can force the superpowers to retreat and defeat them,” Khamenei said.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • cuban
    Sep 9, 2018 - 6:40PM

    Iran should focus its limited resources on improving its economy rather than wasting money trying to “scare off” the USA.Recommend

  • powayman
    Sep 9, 2018 - 8:11PM

    It’s hard to scare USA or Israel – maybe Khamenei is referring to his political opponents? Recommend

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