Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei praised Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement as “a source of honor” for the Muslim world, denouncing recent resolutions issued against it by Saudi-led Arab circles as “worthless pieces of paper”.
Addressing a gathering of students from across the country in Tehran on Wednesday, Ayatollah Khamenei slammed recent moves by certain Arab governments and bodies to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist group, saying such moves by “a corrupt, dependent, and hollow regime” do not matter at all.
The remarks came after the Arab Parliament, under pressure from Saudi Arabia, designated Hezbollah a terrorist organization on Sunday, weeks after two other Arab bodies adopted resolutions declaring the same stance.
The Leader further praised the victories of Hezbollah against the Zionist regime of Israel, including the one in the 33-day war in 2006, saying, “Hezbollah and its faithful youths are shining like the sun and are a source of honor for the Islamic world.”
Elsewhere, Ayatollah Khamenei touched upon the hegemonic powers’ hostilities toward Iran, saying that over the past 37 years, they have failed to eliminate the Islamic Republic or even hamper its progress and growing power in the Middle East.
The world’s hegemonic powers stand against any country that is willing to achieve progress without relying on them because such progress will make that country a role model for other nations, the Leader stated.
If Iran gives in to their attempts to impede the country’s progress in the field of peaceful nuclear technology, the powers will later intensify their pressures and opposition to Iran’s progress in other areas of science, like biotechnology, nanotechnology and other sensitive fields, Ayatollah Khamenei stressed.
The Leader went on to say that incapable of waging a hard war against the Islamic Republic, the enemies have mounted a soft war, which is more dangerous than the former.
Occasionally, the enemies threaten to wage a war against Iran, but they cannot do “a damn thing”, because they have no such capability nor will they dare to do so, Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding that even if they did make such a move, “they would be dealt a slap in the face.”