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Iranian Commander Warns the US as Ayatollah Kamenei Blasts the US PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 19 August 2007

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran

America sinking in whirlpool: Khamenei - Iran commander warns enemies of "hell" in Gulf

America sinking in whirlpool: Khamenei

Tehran, Aug. 19: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday launched a new attack on the United States, saying Iran’s arch enemy was "stuck in a whirlpool" and would sink deeper in the future. "America is weaker compared to 20 years ago and it does not have its previous power and grandeur," Mr Khamenei said in a speech to participants in a religious conference, state television said. "America and its followers are stuck in a whirlpool and they sink deeper as time passes. A dangerous future is predicted for them," he added.

The United States cut diplomatic ties with Iran in 1980 during the siege of its embassy in Tehran by Islamist students in the wake of the Islamic revolution which deposed the US-backed shah.

Relations have remained frozen ever since and are marked by continued enmity, with the United States labelled as the "Great Satan" by Tehran. "In the eternal battle between right and wrong, the Great Satan will lose out," added Mr Khamenei. Strains have increased between US and Iran in recent months over Iran’s controversial nuclear programme and the detention by Tehran of three US-Iranians accused of harming national security.

The US and Iranian officials have this year met three times in Baghdad aimed at bringing security to Iraq. (AFP)

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Iran commander warns enemies of "hell" in Gulf
Reuters
Sunday, August 19, 2007; 12:39 PM

TEHRAN (Reuters) - The Gulf would become a "hell" for Iran's enemies if they were to attack the Islamic Republic, a commander of the country's elite Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying on Sunday.

It was the latest in a series of defiant statements from senior Guards figures after U.S. officials on Wednesday said the United States may soon name the force a terrorist group, a move that would enable Washington to target its finances.

"With the power the Guards have obtained now, if the enemies want to ... start a military confrontation, the Persian Gulf will become a hell for them," Ali Razmjoo, a naval commander of the Revolutionary Guards, told the Fars News Agency.

"By using modern systems, no activities and threats by the enemies in the Persian Gulf would be hidden from us," he said.

Tehran and Washington, which cut diplomatic ties shortly after Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, are embroiled in a deepening standoff over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme.

They also blame each other for bloodshed in Iraq.

The Revolutionary Guards has already brushed off the threat from Washington to label it a terrorist group and has said it "will grow in strength despite U.S. efforts to isolate it."

Iran has previously threatened to strike back at U.S. regional interests if attacked over its nuclear programme, rejecting Western accusations it is aimed at developing atom bombs.

The United States says it would prefer a diplomatic solution to the nuclear standoff but has not ruled out military action.

The Revolutionary Guards are an ideologically driven force, with a separate command structure from the regular military.

Some analysts say the force has grown in influence since the election in 2005 of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a former commander. They say ex-officers have been appointed to political posts and more may run in the March parliamentary election.



 
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