Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei slammed US President Barack Obama on Sunday for threatening a "nuclear attack" on Iran. Foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Iran will officially complain to the United Nations regarding Obama's "threats" toward the Islamic republic after 225 lawmakers asked Tehran to take up the issue.
Khamenei warned a meeting of the military's top brass on Sunday to be more "alert" about such threats. "He (Obama) has implicitly threatened Iranians with nuclear weapons," state television quoted Khamenei as telling them. "These comments are very strange and the world should not ignore them because in the 21st century... the head of a state is threatening a nuclear attack," he said, according to AFP. "The US president's statements are disgraceful. Such comments harm US and they mean that the US government is wicked and unreliable."
Last week, Washington said it would only use atomic weapons in "extreme circumstances" and would not attack non-nuclear states.
Khamenei slammed Washington's policy as passing "tornadoes." "After 30 years, the Iranian nation has shown that it is more resilient and strong and has the ability to stand against any kind of threat," the cleric said.
"Our armed forces must also be alert towards such threats and take their training seriously."
Mehmanparast said Iran would "officially complain" to the United Nations regarding the "threat" from Obama, according to Fars news agency.