Iran's Khamenei warns West against military action, oil sanctions
Tehran (Platts)--3Feb2012/802 am EST/1302 GMT
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday warned the West
against taking military action and imposing sanctions on Iranian oil.
He told worshippers at Friday Prayers in Tehran that Iran would respond
to international threats of military action and an embargo against its oil
exports "at the right time" and "when necessary," insisting that Iran would
not back down over its nuclear program.
"Whatever they make a threat about, it's detrimental to them. Of course,
they and others should know and they already know, that we will have our own
threats against [their] threats of war [or] oil threat. And in the right
time, when necessary, the threats will be implemented, God willing," Khamenei
told worshippers at Friday prayers in Tehran in a speech broadcast on state
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"The threat of war is detrimental to the United States. The war itself
is ten times more detrimental to the United States. Why is that so? Because
the threats show the US inability to approach by dialogue and reason," he
Khamenei said international sanctions had strengthened Iran rather than
weakened it because they had empowered the Islamic Republic to develop its
own domestic capabilities and had also boosted its standing in the region.
"They said over and over again that the sanctions are paralyzing and
painful. We benefit from the sanctions," he said.
"When we are sanctioned, we turn to domestic talents and capacities. We
grow domestically. If we were not sanctioned in the issue of weapons, today
we wouldn't have such strange advances. If they had built the nuclear power
plant of Bushehr, we wouldn't have progressed in [uranium] enrichment," he
"These sanctions aim at striking a blow to us, but in fact they serve us
because of the reasons that I mentioned," he said.
"Iran will not back down on the nuclear issue," Khamenei said. "They
repeatedly say in their threats that [they are imposing] the sanctions
against Iran to make it back down in the nuclear issue. It's their pretext,"
"We have made all the scientific, social and technological progress
under sanctions. They closed the doors of science and technology on us. They
blocked the ways for us. They didn't sell the required products, but we made
progress," he said.
The West was now in a weak position both in terms of politics and
economic issues, particularly because of the move to impose oil sanctions on
Iran, Khamenei said.
--Aresu Eqbali, firstname.lastname@example.org