Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Friday that while it was the West that was the aggressor that stood behind the ratcheting up of the possibility of war, Iran stands ready to face attack and would never back down in the face of any aggression.

Speaking at a  military base in the northern city of Bojnourd, the Islamic Republic's Press TV quoted Khmamenei as saying that "what motivates the hegemonic powers to wage war is the sale of arms and cultivation of military industries that depend on capitalists, and the only factor that suppresses such war-waging impulse of power-seekers is the general readiness of the [Iranian] nation and defensive preparedness of the armed forces."

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