Iran 'will respond with full force' to any military threat

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Published: November 10, 2011
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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves to his supporters before starting his speech in the province of Kermanshah, west of Tehran October 15, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves to his supporters before starting his speech in the province of Kermanshah, west of Tehran October 15, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

TEHRAN: Iran “will respond with full force” to any attack, or even any threat of military action, the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told students at a Tehran military college Thursday.

“The enemies, especially America and its stooges and the Zionist regime (Israel), should know that it is not Iran’s custom to invade any country or nation. But it will respond with full force to any aggression or even threats in a way that will demolish the aggressors from within,” he said, according to a statement on his official website.

Khamenei’s forceful language followed threats last week from Israel that air strikes could be in the offing against Iran’s nuclear sites. Israeli President Shimon Peres said last weekend that such action was becoming “more and more likely.”

Rhetoric between Iran and its two principal foes, Israel and the United States, has risen since the release Tuesday of a UN report saying there was “credible” evidence suggesting Iran’s atomic programme was being used to research putting nuclear warheads in ballistic missiles.

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  • Q
    Nov 10, 2011 - 4:32PM

    Great leader..

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  • Mj
    Nov 10, 2011 - 6:53PM

    Why would anyone want for Iran to have nuclear weapons? Remember that it is the same country which sent thousands and thousands of children into minefields in one of the worst possible disregard for human life, and it is a country whose leadership is eagerly anticipating the apocalypse.

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  • kazim agha
    Nov 10, 2011 - 8:00PM

    Israel just need a one small punch…………

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  • Harun Elbinawi
    Nov 10, 2011 - 8:26PM

    Great words from the Supreme Commander.The great Iranian nation is a nation of resistance and it has became a model to all Muslim countries.America is dying and like a dying Elephant,it will struggle before falling.It neglect its problems at home and accuse peaceful nations of the World that opposes its hegemonic policies.Recommend

  • Jadugar
    Nov 10, 2011 - 8:36PM

    @ MJ: why would anyone want a nuclear weapon for the World…period, not to forget Israel who refuses to disclose the nuclear arms it has. . Stop looking at the world with one eye open Those of you who are jumping with excitement with the prospect of war should read the Asiatimes on the creditability of the source and the meek chairman of IATA.

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  • god
    Nov 10, 2011 - 9:45PM

    destructive weapons in the hands of weak/ highly biased/ immature/ unstable countries are dangerous to the world

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  • Ali
    Nov 10, 2011 - 10:41PM

    @Mj:
    you sound like an Israeli….

    Everyone has the right to have weapons for self defense. USA has it. And they are the ONLY ONES who have used nuclear weapons on innocents. Stop being a usa puppet.

    Muslims don’t judge Iran from their beliefs anymore. So stop dividing us. They have taken stand against all the oppressors.

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  • allyaan
    Nov 10, 2011 - 11:15PM

    @god

    As i know Iran is well established country..if Americans n Israili have the right for the same. den wts wrong with the Iran. its balance of rights. Wt is america doing around the world. U know it all.

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  • Weird
    Nov 11, 2011 - 12:20AM

    I never understood why an Aryan people like Iran is getting into a fight between the Arabs and the Jews? Perhaps, this is what happens when Aryans are converted from their indigenous religion to an Arab religion and they lose their real identity and become subservient to the “muslims”.

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  • Rashid Junior
    Nov 11, 2011 - 12:32AM

    @Ali:
    Those who are Posting here Anti-Irani comments are Rsss Nazio-Fascist Hindu Trolls. Curse of God be upon these Hindu Terrorists. These Miscreants have nothing else to do. Their State Sponsored Hindu Terrorist Leader Col. Prohit had been actively involved in Placing hundreds of Bombs in his own country and in Samjhota Express while Blaming for those Explosions on Pakistan. This Miscreant Hindu Rss Terrorist was sponsored by the Hindu State to carry out such activities in Disguise. Their Hindu terrorist Religious Wings has yet bigger acts of Terrorism under their Belt. I totally Agree that Terrorist Nations Like India must be Banned from such activities and Their weapons confiscated.

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  • HammerHead
    Nov 11, 2011 - 1:32AM

    @ Weird: Your outlook is as weired as your name, The Aryans are standing up to local bullys, not getting between Arabs and jews, get your history in order, There are Jews and their are Zionist. The Iranians are standing up to the Zionist (mostly european Jews, who are dominating the true Israelis ) and by the ways it was the Christian German who slautered the JEWS. Not Muslims

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  • babar
    Nov 11, 2011 - 7:48AM

    who gives right to israel usa uk france and the rest of the world to possess nuclear weapons and iran cant have it for its own defence ? and it would be devastating to attack iran cause its not iraq or afghanistan its a united country with very strong military and in these current ecnomic climate no one have a capacity or will to attack someone especially when chinas hunger for energy which they partly getting from iran and russias against any military intervention so i dont think anything will happen but then again no one gives anyone right to deprive a country to achieve something they want especially when so called civilised nations already got it !!

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  • Bangladeshi
    Nov 11, 2011 - 7:57AM

    @Weird: I don’t understand why you go in the trouble of talking about a religion that you know nothing off. In ISLAM there is no such thing as RACE , all human beings are equal and a non-arab is no less equal to an arab & vise-versa. Nationalism, etnicity & race are alien to Islam and people willingly accepted this religion throughout the world including iran. Had ISLAM been forced on people , India would not have been a hindu majority state today even after 1000 year of islamic rule. All of india would have been a muslim Majority with not an iota of hindus & christians.

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  • Pinto
    Nov 11, 2011 - 9:40AM

    @Rashid Junior:don’t call hindus terrorists.if i’m not mistaken mohd.zina was also hindu

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  • csmann
    Nov 11, 2011 - 9:50AM

    @Rashid Junior:
    the world knows who the terrorist nations are.

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  • Imran Farooq
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:05AM

    ….and the world knows any word coming out of the Supreme Leader is not just to make political sounds….they would mean it.

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  • iam
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:30AM

    @Rashid Junior:
    hindu terrorism?? there is no such thing in this world,

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  • Lord
    Nov 11, 2011 - 11:13AM

    Closed fists are always dangerous you never know what to expect.Cheers for the leader of oppressed.May God Bless him.

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  • Observer
    Nov 11, 2011 - 7:28PM

    @Bangladeshi:
    Clearly, your knowledge of Indian history is grossly inadequate. There was no 1,000 years of “muslim” rule in India. This is the biggest insanity promoted by Muslim converts in the subcontinent. The only “Islamists” who ruled entire India were the Mughals for about 160 years (1550 to 1710). The other, the “Delhi sultanate” covered only some parts of northern India for about 300 years. The reason India is overwhelmingly Hindu is because they rejected, resisted and retaliated against any conversion from their indigenous culture. It is the vast number of the underclass of the subcontinent which succumbed to the conversion drives.

    Whether Islam recognizes race is irrelevant. The entire world does. Race is a scientific and rational categorization of people. Race is a genetic and ethnic issue which is inherent to a person. It is permanent and unchangeable and determines ones “personality”. Religion is an superficial acquired trait, specially if it is not indigenous, which can be changed instantaneously.

    The contention that all are “equal” in Islam is hiralious. There are more “castes” in the practice of Islam than there are branches in a banyan tree. Shia, Sunni, Ahmediyya, Sufi, Wahhabi……the list goes on. Most of them cannot tolerate each other and some do not even recognize others as “muslim”. You will soon find out how “equal” you are when you visit an Arab country in the middle east and find their thoughts and behavior towards an alien convert.Recommend

  • Greenfrog
    Nov 11, 2011 - 7:32PM

    @Mj:
    your wrong!!! Your only believing to the false propaganda of the west. If you want to learn about Iran, learn from Iranians, not from its opposition parties or the western anti Iran propaganda.

    I am Iranian and i testify, this is a great moral government and its leadership is a person who fears and love God Almighty. He is much more then Mother teresa in regards to love for Humanity. He is the best true moral leader who exists in today’s time.

    Please do not lend your ears to slanders of the west. Iran is not making a bomb.. its making the electricity in Iran extremely cheap.. this technology Americans do not possess unfortunately, Americans should also have nuclear clean energy for themselves and throw out those electricity bills.

    when clean nueclear energy exists, why should we continue using old outdated methods which makes people pay thousands of their hard earned money … its illogical.Recommend

  • G. Din
    Nov 11, 2011 - 7:38PM

    @Bangladeshi:
    “In ISLAM there is no such thing as RACE , all human beings are equal and a non-arab is no less equal to an arab & vise-versa.”
    Heard of a region called Darfur where Arab Sudanese Muslims massacred and continue to massacre African Muslims of Darfur?

    “… Had ISLAM been forced on people , India would not have been a hindu majority state today even after 1000 year of islamic rule. All of india would have been a muslim Majority with not an iota of hindus & christians. “
    Moguls may have been Muslims but they were like any foreign barbarian invaders. They didn’t care about Islam beyond some lip service. All invaders invade to be finally able to live on the backs of conquered populations. To be able to parasitize they must have peace and they can’t have any peace if they begin to act absurdly by forcing their beliefs over the core beliefs of their populations. That is why Moguls may have conquered parts of India but never conquered the Hindu hearts and had no hope of ever doing so. When Aurangzeb did finally come along and tried to force Islam, the end of Moguls started and by the time of Bahadur Shah, Hindus were so alienated that they preferred British over Mogul rule and Bahadur Shah died and was buried in an alien land. Can you see now how mistaken you are in thinking that India could ever have been dominated by Islam? Akbar was a great emperor but even he dare not cross the threshold of a Hindu home, much less be allowed into a Hindu kitchen! Being a wise man he accepted that and never challenged it. Does that tell you something? You come from converts to Islam. Converts are generally more bigoted than the original ones!Recommend

  • Cautious
    Nov 11, 2011 - 7:49PM

    If he is like the last Ayatollah he will have no problem sending Iranian children to be slaughtered why he and the Mullah’s sit back and make speeches. In a perfect World we would get rid of all the nukes — keeping nukes out of the hands of religious zealots and holy men that use 3’rd party terrorist to attack their enemies is a reasonable goal.

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  • Ali
    Nov 11, 2011 - 9:48PM

    Great leaders Iran have. Just wait for the time when Pakistan would have true Muslim and patriot Pakistani leaders and by God Almighty, we will get revenge of every injustice and barbarity. We Pakistanis are always standing with Iranian brothers. All Muslims are one nation.

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  • Bangladeshi
    Nov 11, 2011 - 11:49PM

    @Observer & @G. Din : As expected your posts are filled with racist nonsense and shows your utter lack of knowledge of Islam & the subcontinent. You called me bigoted just because my ancestors choose the correct path unlike their brothers. Your argument about DARFUR & whether ARABS would count me as an equal doesn’t matter as Allah(swt) through our Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) gave us equal status to the arabs. You can’t judge ISLAM by the behaviour of today’s muslims but if you have to judge it just analyse the Lifestyle of our beloved Prophet & his blessed companions who were model Muslims not the muslims of darfur, BD, PAK, Suadi etc.

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  • G. Din
    Nov 12, 2011 - 1:46AM

    @Bangladeshi:
    Please read what I have said carefully. Where do you find racism in my post? You said there are no castes in Islam. Technically true, but Islam has sects, instead of castes, such as Shias, Ahmadis, Qadhianis etc. ,the schism between whom is so murderous that killing is resorted to routinely. In a caste system, howsoever bad it may be, no killing takes place. When you say that in Islam everyone is equal, I challenged you by a specific example of continuing killing by Arab Muslims of African Muslims . It does not matter if you consider yourself to be equal to Arab Muslim, it is whether they consider you to be equal to them that matters. Ask all those who perform Hajj from South Asia and they will tell you that Muslims from this area are treated like dirt by Arabs even as they turn over bushels of their hard-earned money to them. No one is asking you to forsake your beliefs. You may hold on to them tight and not examine them in a rational light. That is your choice. No one cares. And, my friend, why would any one care to read your Quran when those who have read it behave in a bestial way uniformly, great majority of them, towards every non-Muslim in every corner of the world. We are not interested in Mohammed. He might, just might, have been the greatest man alive, but he is not there to answer any questions, if you get what I mean!

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  • Hassan
    Nov 12, 2011 - 1:49AM

    @Cautious:
    Actually they were volunteers, perhaps you can check the dictionary and see what the term “volunteer” means.

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  • Proud Baloch
    Nov 12, 2011 - 9:08AM

    @G. Din:
    I don’t know where you are getting this info about Indians being treated bad in Hajj from? Because those ‘ racist ‘ days are all gone. I have seen myself how kind Saudi police were. And don’t believe me if you don’t want to idc.
    And btw you can’t fault the Arabs for treating Indians bad can you. Indians are dark, short and thin while Arabs (Levant) are white, healthy and strong. It’s in human nature to discriminate on weak beings.

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  • j. von hettlingen
    Nov 12, 2011 - 2:38PM

    Ayatollah Al Khamenei became the supreme leader in 1989. A Marxist and a cleric he purported himself as an ordinary man. He kept a low profile, while devoting himself to wielding power by empowering the Revolutionary Guard, which reports to him. Earlier critics stated Khamenei had no vision but followed the legacy of his predecessor and mentor, Ayatollah Khomeini. No, it’s not true, Khamenei wants to make a nuclear power out of Iran.

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  • G. Din
    Nov 12, 2011 - 5:45PM

    @Proud Baloch:
    Just putting your two paragraphs in the reverse order:
    “…Indians are dark, short and thin while Arabs (Levant) are white, healthy and strong. It’s in human nature to discriminate on weak beings. “
    “…I don’t know where you are getting this info about Indians being treated bad in Hajj from? Because those ‘ racist ‘ days are all gone. “
    So which one is it: “Those racist days are all gone” or “It’s in human nature to discriminate on weak beings (dark, short and thin Indians). ”
    Incidentally, since Pakistan decided to switch their descent from “dark, short and thin Indians” to “white, healthy and strong Arabs”, Pakistanis have become noticeably whiter, healthier, stronger and taller!!! Handsomer, too!!!

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  • Observer
    Nov 12, 2011 - 7:11PM

    @Bangladeshi:
    All religious books contain feel good fairy tales. A religion is only as good as it is praticed. In the real world, religious sermons do not matter. The world goes by political and rational ideologies, not religious and emotional ones.

    @Proud Baloch:
    Regular Arabs are as dark, thin and weak as any regular person from the indian subcontinent. In fact, many Arabs including some members of the Saudi royal family even look like mixed negroes.Recommend

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