Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Wednesday reiterated that Iran did not seek to wage a war against any
country, but warned that a military attack on the Islamic Republic would prove suicidal since Iranian youth would strongly repel it, IRNA reported.
"The Iranian nation and officials are not after a war and they would not drag the country to the precipice of a military showdown, but all must know that attacking Iran would mean suicide for the aggressor," he said at the 14th demise anniversary of late Imam Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic.
The statements drew the thunderous "Death to America" chants of close to a million Iranians.
"Iranians from all walks of life, especially the enthusiastic and prepared youth, will strongly and stiffly confront any attacker," Khamenei said.
The Iranian leader stressed that the recent US threats against Tehran were not anything new and that any American attack on Iran would cost the American government very dearly. "They also have realized this. Thus, they seek to terrorize Iranian people and officials by speculating on a military attack or other threats so that they achieve their wishes upon the retreat of (Iranian) officials and their betrayal of the nation.
"But, among the state officials in the three branches of power, no one has the right to entertain the slightest willingness for a retreat and if anyone takes a step for the submission of the nation ... the nation in ultimate ruthlessness will shun him," the leader said. (Albawaba.com)
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