Iran's Khamenei warns US, Israel against attack

Supreme leader says Iran will respond with "strong slaps and iron fists" to any attack from Israel, United States or its allies.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei 58 (R) (photo credit: Ho New / Reuters)
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.
"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.
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Iranian 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.
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 aneedle's width from the path it is on," he said in a speechcarried live on Iranian state television. "Why do you damage theagency's dignity because of America's invalid claims?" he asked.