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Supreme Leader Underlines Iran’s Continued Wargames, Cautions US to Leave Persian Gulf

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Supreme Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei on Monday blasted the US military presence in the Persian Gulf region and interference in Iran’s internal affairs, and said Tehran will powerfully continue its military drills in the region irrespective of Washington opposition.

“Today, the enemies utter words bigger than their mouths; for instance they deveop plans to bring to a halt Iran’s military wargames in the Persian Gulf, what a foolish remark,” Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei said, addressing a large gathering of Iranian teachers and professors on the occasion of Teachers Day in Iran.

Warning that the Iranian nation has the needed capability to respond to the enemies’ excessive demands, Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei said, “The Persian Gulf is the Iranian nation’s home and the Persian Gulf and a large section of the Sea of Oman belong to this powerful nation; therefore, we should be present in the region, hold wargames and display our power and it is the Americans who should say why they have come from that side of the world and stage drills in here. What are you doing here? Go back to the Bay of Pigs. Go and hold exercises there. What are you doing in the Persian Gulf? The Persian Gulf is our home.”

“The excessive demands of the powers should be confronted this way,” Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei said.

Supreme Leader remarks came as the Republicans in the US Congress are still simmering over the nuclear accord with Iran that was completed last July and have criticized President Barack Obama for failing to punish the country for ballistic missile test.

Republican Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Mark Kirk of Illinois have introduced legislation to bar Iran from access to the US financial system, including offshore US dollar-clearing houses, and imposing sanctions against the country.

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