ZoneAsia-Pk

  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Home

Khamenei accuses Western nations for deflecting attention to Iran

E-mail Print PDF

Iran's supreme leader has accused the West of lying about his country's nuclear plans in order to cover up their own problems and warned Israel that any attack on his country would be answered with a "thunderous blow".

In an address on Sunday to mark the 23rd anniversary of the death of his predecessor Ruhollah Khomeini, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave no indication he was ready to compromise on Iran’s nuclear programme in talks with world powers.

"What Americans and westerners do is idiotic. They magnify the nuclear issue to cover up their own problems," Khamenei said, referring to the economic gloom in the US and Europe.

"They are deceitfully using the term nuclear weapons."

During his address, Khamenei said that sanctions were not hampering Iran and were "deepening Iran's hatred towards the West".

Israeli talk of military strikes showed it felt vulnerable after the fall of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a US and western ally, last year, Khamenei said.

"If they take any miscalculated action, they will receive a thunderous blow."

Moscow talks

On Saturday a senior military commander said Iranian missiles could reach all parts of Israel and threatened US bases in the region if Iran was attacked.

While Iranian officials maintain a defiant tone, Iran has returned to talks with world powers after the West severely tightened sanctions, targeting its oil exports and isolating its banks, to pressure Tehran to curb what it

believes is a bid for nuclear arms capability.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton played down Khamenei's comments, saying she did not think they had any bearing on the next round of talk between Iran and the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, scheduled for June 18-19 in Moscow.

"I don't draw any conclusions from that statement with respect to the potential success of the talks in Moscow," Clinton told reporters in Stockholm.

"We look forward to seeing what the Iranians actually bring to the table in Moscow. We want to see a diplomatic resolution," she said. "We now have an opportunity to achieve it and we hope it is an opportunity that is not lost, for everyone's sake."

Diplomats say that at the last talks, in Baghdad on May 23-24, Iranian negotiators were more forthcoming than before, and believe Khamenei has given his negotiating team a wider hand to explore a deal.

Article Source:
Al Jazeera
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/06/20126401045355351.html

 

Add comment


Security code
Refresh


New ZoneAsia-Pk website

ZoneAsia-Pk has been upgraded!

We have launched a new version of our already great website. For latest updated content please visit our new ZoneAsia-Pk website.

www.ZoneAsia-pk.com

Top News

  • After the tragedy: Citizens stand up for Pakistan
    Death visited Peshawar on Tuesday, the 16th of December, 2014. It brought one of the gravest tragedies that the city...
  • The snooze button
    By Abdulla Wasti ZoneAsia-Pk   I shall refrain from talking about how devastated or heartbroken I feel after the tragedy...
  • Let us never forget
    Pakistanis are a strange lot; we have witnessed more than our fair share of violence, extremism, dead bodies and devastation....
  • Time for a rethink
    By Minahil K. ZoneAsia-Pk In India, Ajit Doval inspires the envy of many—he is dubbed as the one man army, rightist...
  • Who gives India’s RAW sleepless nights
    One has got to admire Pakistan. Is there any other example in history where a small nation has simultaneously taken...