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Iran tells West to drop ‘bullying’ tone

TEHRAN — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that the West should drop its “bullying” stance against his country and insisted that sanctions imposed over its nuclear programme were having no more than a “psychological” effect. “As God is my witness, the Iranian nation will not give a damn…

Iran’s Khamenei hails Obama caution on war

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday welcomed comments by US President Barack Obama damping down talk of war against Tehran over its controversial nuclear drive. “This talk is good talk and shows an exit from illusion,” Khamenei’s website quoted the leader as telling clerics from the Assembly of…

Iran pushes on with nuclear after failed IAEA visit

Iran’s nuclear work will defiantly go on, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday, after UN inspectors left Tehran following talks that failed to lift their suspicions of atomic weapons research. “The Iranian nation has never been seeking an atomic weapon and never will be. It will prove to the world that a…

British embassy attack ‘illegal’ says top Iran cleric

Top Iranian cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami has sharply criticised the storming of the British embassy in Tehran by hundreds of pro-regime protesters, calling the attack “illegal,” media reports said Sunday. “I explicitly say that I am against attacking embassies and occupying them,” he was quoted as saying by the ISNA…

Iran to ‘respond with full force’ to military threat

Iran “will respond with full force” to any attack — or even any threat of military action — the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told students at a Tehran military college on Thursday. “The enemies, especially America and its stooges and the Zionist regime (Israel), should know that it…

Iraqi ‘resistance’ forced U.S. pull-out: Khamenei

TEHRAN — The Iraqi people’s “unified resistance” forced the United States to pull its military out of their country, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Sunday. The national defiance “which finally resulted in America being forced to withdraw from Iraq is a golden page in the history of this…

Sen. Feinstein: U.S. on ‘collision course’ with Iran

WASHINGTON — A leading Democrat warned Sunday that United States and Iran are on a “collision course” as Tehran steps up its nuclear program and escalates hostilities with its alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi envoy to Washington. But Dianne Feinstein, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said this…

Iran’s supreme leader calls U.S. accusations meaningless

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday U.S. accusations that two Iranians planned to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington were “meaningless,” state TV reported. “A meaningless and nonsensical accusation has been raised against a few Iranians in America, which was made into an…

Obama says Iran to face toughest possible sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned Iran on Thursday it would face the toughest possible sanctions for an alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington, as Treasury officials eyed action against the Iranian central bank. Saudi Arabia on Thursday accused Iran of fomenting instability but pledged a…

Iran repeats opposition to two-state solution

Any plan to divide a Palestinian state would be unacceptable, Iran’s supreme leader said on Saturday, adding that such a state could exist temporarily as part of “liberated territory.” Israel’s prime minister responded by saying his country would respond to these “hateful” remarks by redoubling its focus on security and…

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