Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei 58 (R).
(photo credit: Ho New / Reuters)
TEHRAN - Iran's Supreme leader warned the United States and Israel on
Thursday not to launch any military action against its nuclear sites,
saying it would be met with "iron fists," state television reported.
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President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared on Wednesday that Tehran will not pull back
"even a needle's width" from its nuclear path, even after an
incriminating UN report on its nuclear program.
"Our enemies, particularly the Zionist regime, America and its allies,
should know that any kind of threat and attack will be firmly responded
to...Our nation, the Revolutionary Guards and army...will answer attacks
with strong slaps and iron fists," said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.
Decrying the UN nuclear watchdog's report, which was released Tuesday
night, Ahmadinejad said it damaged the International Atomic Energy Agency's
dignity and was based on "invalid" US claims.
"You should know that this nation will not pull back even a
needle's width from the path it is on," he said in a speech
carried live on Iranian state television. "Why do you damage the
agency's dignity because of America's invalid claims?" he asked.