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Iran: War jeopardizes US interests

Tehran’s interim Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami says a possible US attack on the Islamic republic will jeopardize American interests in the world.

On Sunday, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen said the US military was prepared to risk a potentially devastating war in order to stop Iran from building nuclear “weapons.”

Reacting to the remark, Ayatollah Khatami said that immediately after the US admiral had talked about the military plan against Iran, Washington’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency dismissed the remarks and said Mullen’s threats should not be taken seriously.

“Your (US) threats [whether] made jokingly or seriously; we do not consider your threats [as real] threats nor do we consider your [offer of] negotiations [as real offers of] negotiations,” Ayatollah Khatami said, describing Washington as “deceitful, dishonest and not committed to international values.”

“The US on the one hand uses its utmost mischievous [ways] to win approval for the anti-Iran sanctions resolution in the [UN] Security Council and imposes unilateral sanctions on the top of it, and on the other hand says it wants to hold negotiations with Iran.”

The senior cleric said Mullen should be more worried about attacking Iran because he knows attacking Iran would “jeopardize American interests across the globe.”

Ayatollah Khatami downplayed threats of a possible Israeli and said “if the US tries to provoke the Zionist regime against Iran,” Iranians would see to it that “Israel is wiped off the face of the planet just as [the founder of the Islamic Revolution] Imam Khomeini said.”

He criticized the United States for its direct support for Israeli violations of the rights of the people of Palestine and Lebanon and the regimes breaches of international law, calling on the international community to taken action against the “criminal regime.”

“If the world is concerned about global peace and security, it should know that the main threat is the Zionist regime; and if it wants to establish global peace, it should know there will never be peace until this criminal regime exists.”

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