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Khamenei: Sanctions Deepen Hatred of West

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech, during a ceremony marking the 23rd death anniversary of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, shown in the poster at right, at his mausoleum, just outside Tehran, Iran, June 3,
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech, during a ceremony marking the 23rd death anniversary of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, shown in the poster at right, at his mausoleum, just outside Tehran, Iran, June 3,
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Iran's supreme leader says Western sanctions will not impede Tehran's progress, but will instead deepen hatred of the West in the hearts of the Iranian people.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made his remarks Sunday at a ceremony to mark the 23rd anniversary of the death of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The program was held at the mausoleum of the late ayatollah in Tehran.

Khamenei said the U.S. and its allies lie about Iran's nuclear programs to cover up their own problems. He said the political and media talk about the dangers of a nuclear Iran is unfounded.  

He said "what they are and should be afraid of is not a nuclear Iran, but an Islamic Iran."

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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by: vu from: usa
June 06, 2012 11:09 AM
then hang those who hate !


by: Anonymous
June 04, 2012 2:43 PM
Unfortunately war vs Iran and Pakistan is coming.....almost as certain as the sun rises and sets each and every day....why? Because men would rather fight than talk!!


by: Michael from: USA
June 04, 2012 9:40 AM
It is difficult to make a legation case against something that as of yet doesn't exist (nuclear missle). So, now is the time ordained by God to talk about our values (USA in relation to Persia) before chaos breaks out


by: emenot from: Hong Kong
June 04, 2012 3:08 AM
The West had been sanctioning Iran since before their acquisition technology and here we are... what will additional sanctioning do, nuclear missiles... lmfao


by: emenot from: Hong Kong
June 04, 2012 2:57 AM
OK, so you hate the West, now what?


by: HDNKR from: America
June 03, 2012 10:31 AM
We in America will never forget what you Islamic fanatics did to the sovereign grounds of the American Embassy and to the American people who were serving in Tehran. You have no idea how lucky you were when you released our citizens the very day Ronald Reagan was sworn into office. I honestly wished that you had tested President Reagan....had that happened we may not be dealing with your arrogance but then again that is exactly why you released the hostages. Every dog has its day and your day is coming!


by: Senad from: USA
June 03, 2012 10:30 AM
Why won't the US open up its nuclear facilities to Iran or any other country?

This is Americas was of trying to control the world, the America empire was in its peak in 2001, now its slowly crumbling. America is the biggest genocide doer in the world.

Over 1million innocent Iraqis killed, women, children
Thousands of Afghans killed, and more and more every day.
In every corner of the world America is killing people and the government is covering it up.


by: Jerry from: Miami USA
June 03, 2012 10:29 AM
Are you refering to the Iranian people Khamani killed thousands of after the last fraudulent election ?


by: Gary Busey from: USA
June 03, 2012 10:09 AM
bstone; If we really care about stopping nuclear proliferation, we should also ask India, Pakistan, and Israel to join the NPT and open their nuclear sites to inspection. They all developed their nuclear capability covertly, have refused to sign NPT, and have refused to allow inspection.


by: Wally Geez from: Missouri
June 03, 2012 10:05 AM
That's complete BULL....: Muslims hate the West and there is NOTHING the West can do that would change that. These "religious leaders" thrive of flaming the fire of hatred. Without the West, they would have no reason to exist!

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