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Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed Imam Khamanei Asks Iranian Generals to Reinvigorate Forces as Deterrence to Enemy Aggression



Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei called on the Iranian Armed Forces to further strengthen their power and might as a deterrence against enemies.

“The military forces’ progress today in different fields is highly valuable but given the (past) backwardness, we should increase the speed of moves and create such a might and power that the enemies even don’t dare to think about an aggression against the country’s borders,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing the high-ranking Army commanders and officials in Tehran on Thursday.

Noting that the Iranian nation’s resistance during the eight-year Iraqi-imposed war (1980-1988) when Iraqi aggressors were supported by different world powers is an important experience for Iran and the entire world, he said, “The Islamic Republic is an independent system and it has pursued its policies since the start of the Revolution and doesn’t fear the intimidation of any power and opposition to its policies.”

Ayatollah Khamenei warned about serious hostilities towards the Iranian nation’s independent and uncompromising moves, and said the enemy intends to force the Islamic Republic to surrender, and adopting a softer position against it would never end hostilities.

“Rise of an independent nation which opposes the bullying powers and their hirelings is not tolerated by the hegemonic system and, therefore, they show enmity towards this nation,” he underscored.

In relevant remarks in August, Ayatollah Khamenei described Iran and the US regional policies as complete opposites, and said Tehran was standing firm against Washington’s divisive plots in the region.

Addressing participants in the 8th International General Assembly of Islamic Radios and Televisions Union in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the recent nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers, and said, “Washington imagined that it could use this agreement whose fate is not clear yet – as its final approval is not yet a definite fact neither in Iran nor in the US – to find a way to wield influence in Iran; and this was their intention.”

But “we closed this path; and we will definitely keep it closed”, he underlined.

“We will not allow the US to influence (our) economy, or politics or culture. We will stand against such penetration with all our power – that is, thanks God, at a high level today,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

“They seek to disintegrate the regional states and create small and subordinate countries but God willing, this will not happen,” Ayatollah Khamenei warned, elaborating on the US regional policies.

“Disintegration of Iraq and, if they can, Syria is the clear policy of the Americans, but the territorial integrity of the regional states, Iraq and Syria is highly important to us,” he added.

Ayatollah Khamenei elaborated on Iran’s regional policies, and said, “Iran fully supports resistance in the region, specially the resistance in Palestine, and will support anyone who struggles against Israel and strikes at the Zionist regime.”

Noting that fighting against the US divisive policies in the region was one of Iran’s main policies, he voiced strong protest at the propaganda efforts made in London under the pretext of supporting Shiites and against the Sunni Muslims, and said such moves merely serve the arrogant powers.

Ayatollah Khamenei also stressed Iran’s support for all the oppressed people, including the Bahrainis and the Yemenis, but meantime stressed, “Despite baseless claims, we don’t interfere in these countries but continue supporting the oppressed people.”

Following Ayatollah Khamenei’s comments, the Iranian parliamentarians joined the ‘#We-Don’t-Allow-It-Either’ campaign to show obedience to the Leader’s orders.

Also last month, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari underscored that the IRGC along with the Iranian people doesn’t allow the world powers to influence the country after the Vienna nuclear agreement.

“The IRGC is strongly standing beside the brave and faithful people of Islamic Iran and thanks to this resistance, sympathy and unity of words and with God’s help and assistance, we will not allow the hegemonic powers to exercise influence on our country in any area,” Jafari said.

Also, in mid September, Ayatollah Khamenei warned Iranian officials against the western states’ attempts to influence the country in political and cultural fields.

“The enemy’s attempt to influence is among major threats,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing meeting with Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) commanders in Tehran.

“The economic and security influence is dangerous, of course, and entails dire consequences, but enemy’s political and cultural influence is more dangerous and should receive the attention of everyone,” he added.

Ayatollah Khamenei warned that enemies were seeking to infiltrate Iran’s decision-making bodies to change their position-takings and decisions in a bid to push the country to move on the basis of the enemies’ will.

He underlined the necessity for all people and officials to keep vigilant against enemies’ plots.

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