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Leader opposes nuke weapon access

Semnan, Oct 25 - Secretary for the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani here on Saturday, said the Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei considers attempts to access nuclear weapons as religiously illegal.

On this basis, he added, production of such weapons has no place in Iran's defense and military doctrine.

Speaking at a student gathering in Shahroud Industrial University, he underlined the pivotal role of the public support and their satisfaction in the establishment of security.

Turning to the new meaning of security in today's world, he noted that hardware security has been replaced by that of software. He further said that this doesn't mean that the activities associated with hardware should be stopped.

Pointing to Iran's spiritual influence in the region and among the neighboring states as a great asset for the national security, he said that this is a big advantage for the Islamic Iran and that the country is by no means willing to lose such an advantage for gaining access to nuclear weapons.

"Given the high cost of access to nuclear weapons, their production would block our progress in other scientific and technological fields. In view of environmental, technological, religious and ethic reasons as well as the possibility of losing our influence in the region, Iran doesn't intend to produce nuclear weapons. However, we are determined on economic and political advancement as well as access to advanced technologies," he added.

 

Supreme Leader receives Pakistani PM

Tehran, Oct 23 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said here on Wednesday that relations between Iran and Pakistan have been growing since 1979, marking triumph of the Islamic Revolution -- a trend that should be con tinued vigorously.

Ayatollah Khamenei told the visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali that Iranian and Pakistani nations' interests and bonds go beyond political ties and having roots in their cultural, religious and historical backgrounds.

The Supreme Leader referred to ongoing condition of the world of Islam and the pressures and threats against Muslim nations, particularly the Afghan, Iraqi and Palestinian nations, stressing the need for further convergence among Islamic states.

Ayatollah Khamenei said enemies, led by the US, fear convergence of Islamic states and have always been in efforts to sow discord.

He added that Muslim states should maintain vigilance and move against the wishes of the enemies.

For his part, Jamali provided the Supreme Leader with brief account of talks he had had with Iranian officials in Tehran and said relations between Tehran and Islamabad go beyond economic and trade domains, but definitely, they would get further consolid ated in future.

Pointing to the conditions of Muslims worldwide and the pressures exerted against them, Jamali said that on the same basis, Muslim states should move towards confidence building and closer ties.

 

Leader urges Islamic states unity

Tehran, Oct 20 - Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatolla Seyed Ali Khamenei said here Monday that officials in Islamic states should set mutual cooperation as their main target and help attain the goal by adopting unified stances on many regional issues.

Ayatollah Khamenei told visiting Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika that the most important problems facing the world of Islam are discord and rift.

Pointing to the "harmful" presence of the US in the region and the issue of Palestine as the major problems facing the world of Islam and to the highly sensitive and grave conditions in Palestine, the Supreme Leader said that today, the Palestinian nation is in need of assistance and collaboration from other Islamic states.

The Supreme Leader said Muslim states should fulfill their responsibility and support the Palestinian people without fearing the US threats.

Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that the Zionist regime's defeat would result in failure of the US arrogant policies in the region and this is something possible.

The Supreme Leader hoped for further expansion of relations and cooperation between Tehran and Algeria in light of the policies and endeavors of President Bouteflika.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Supreme Leader hailed the Algerian nation for its brilliant record of struggles against foreigners.

The Algerian president for his part stressed the need for further expansion of relations and cooperation between his country and Iran and said good steps have been taken by his country in this connection.

He said that over recent years, Algeria has left behind critical conditions and a national reconciliation policy has been adopted in a bid to improve the economic, social and cultural conditions of the public and uplift the political status of the country.

 

Supreme Leader exalts armed forces

Tehran, Oct 16 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic revolution and Commander in Chief of Iran's Armed Forces Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei attended the evening military parade of Zanjan region's joint forces on Wednesday.

The supreme leader, addressing the Zanjan region's forces on behalf of country's armed forces said, "The Iranian armed forces are the guardians of high and humanitarian values."

Ayatollah Khamenei added, "The braveries of our combatants during the eight years of sacred defense hoisted the banner of hope in the hearts of the Iranian nation."

The leader recalling the martyrs of the Islamic Revolution and the sacred defense prayed for the salvation of their sacred souls.

He said, "The Iranian nation highly respects its armed forces, that are ready to face any threats against national security."

Ayatollah Khamenei further stressed, "Yet, your military readiness does not mean that we are warmongers, but it is a sign of the Iranian nation and the Islamic system's alertness.

Referring to the clamorous political campaign against Iran's advanced nuclear technology, the leader said, "The arrogant powers in the world accuse us of warmongering, and pretend that we wish to take military advantage of that technology, but the real warmongers are those who launched two world wars in 20 time."

The supreme leader added, "Today too, the real warmongers are those nasty capitalists who flicker the flames of wars here and there in the world to fill their pockets more by boosting the international trade and sell more weapons, at the cost of massacring innocent people."

Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the Iranians as "a brave, powerful and yet, oppressed nation, arguing, "This nation will powerfully and resolutely resist against the oppressive demands of its enemies and safeguard the prestige, sovereignty, and independence of Iran, and the values of Islam."

Prior to the leader's address, the Commander of the Islamic Republic Guard Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Rahim Safavi said, "The armed forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, including the IRGC, the army, basij mobilization forces, and the disciplinary forces, are just as always, alertly ready to defend Islam, the revolution, and dear Iran."

 

Leader urges to appreciate elites

Zanjan, Oct 15 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here on Wednesday called on officials to appreciate and utilize the expertise of the elite in different fields including science, arts, culture, sports, production, industry and agriculture.

Addressing a group of elite in this western Iranian province on Wednesday, Ayatollah Khamenei said helping the elite is in fact helping the process which influences both the present and future of the country.

So, said the Supreme Leader, all officials and managers must act in such a way as to keep alive the talents, potential and merits of the elite.

Serving masses is "the most valuable type of worshipping", Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding that serving the noble Iranian nation would be a chance to win the consent of the God Almighty.

Ayatollah Khamenei said officials and managers must seize the chance of serving masses.

Underscoring the "high importance" of unity and solidarity among officials in various ranks on the bases of general principles of the Islamic system and the Islamic and revolutionary values, Ayatollah Khamenei said the enemy has been doing its utmost to divide officials and sow discord among managerial ranks.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that thanks to God Almighty, the enemy has failed to divide the top-ranking officials.

Officials of the middle rank, however, should maintain full vigilance and refrain from any dissension and rift, said the Supreme Leader, adding that the middle-ranking officials should not allow the media networks, running under control of Zionists and the arrogant powers, to magnify certain issues and viewpoints to reach their goals against the Islamic system of Iran and the Iranian nation.

 

Supreme Leader: We want to remain free

Tehran, Oct 14 - Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Monday called on Muslim heads of state to appreciate the importance of the power of Muslim nations and solidarity among Islamic states and also not be intimidated by US threats or be deceived by its dissembling smiles.

Addressing large groups of jubilant crowd, who had gathered at the Local Workers' Sports Stadium in Zanjan to welcome him, Ayatollah Khamenei said that Muslim heads of state should realize that the world's power centers would not do a damn thing if Muslim states rely on the might of their nation like Iran and resist 'illegitimate' demands of the arrogance.

Ayatollah Khamenei said, "This is the message of the Iranian nation: We want to remain independent and free and we ourselves decide our country's fate not the US and international haughty powers."

The Supreme Leader said explicit words of the US officials on the need for changing the Middle East map point to efforts by arrogant powers to plunder resources of regional states and provide the Zionist regime with more support.

He said that contrary to the efforts, the US faces enormous problems in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Zionist regime is really afflicted and helpless in facing Intifada thanks to the courage and faith of the defenseless Palestinian nation as well as devotion of the Palestinian male and female martyrdom seekers.

Referring to his ongoing visit to Zanjan and the warm welcome extended to him by the local population, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "What happened in Zanjan today is an example of the will, determination and the spiritual might of the iron-like Iranian nation, who would with all might defend their dignity and pride as well as independence, freedom and Islamic Revolution."

The Supreme Leader called for unity and coordination in the ranks of the officialdom to settle the ongoing economic and welfare problems of the public.

Ayatollah Khamenei said any failure in identifying public demands and problems will be a stumbling block to social progress.

The Supreme Leader referring to unemployment and inflation as the main problems facing the society and said the officials should try to identify and address the major and real problems rather than the minor ones.

The Ayatollah hoped that people would turn out in massive numbers at the upcoming seventh term of Majlis elections, slated for February 20.

The Supreme Leader arrived here on Monday morning to arousing welcome by various strata of the society, including students, workers, civil servants, farmers and clerics.

 

Supreme Leader arrives in Zanjan

Zanjan, Oct 13 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei arrived in the city of Zanjan in northwest of the country on Monday morning.

The Supreme Leader was warmly welcomed by provincial officials, including the Friday Prayers leader and the governor general, at the airport.

Thousands of local people enthusiastically crowded around the car carrying the Leader off the airport and he was embraced by a shower of flowers.

Ayatollah Khamenei had visited the city in 1985 as Iran's president as well.

 

Supreme Leader receives President

Tehran, Oct 13 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei received President Mohammad Khatami here Sunday.

The Supreme Leader wished the president well on his upcoming trip to Malaysia to participate in the 10th Summit Meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

 

Supreme Leader stresses importance of Islamic morale, identity

Tehran, Oct 9, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here on Thursday stressed that the only solution to all the existing problems facing the World of Islam is to maintain and strengthen the Islamic morale and identity. Addressing participants in the 3rd International Conference on Ahlulbait (AS), the infallible household of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him), the Supreme Leader said since the Muslim Shiites have always been forerunners in the Islamic unity campaign, the Islamic Republic of Iran considers defending Muslim nations as its own duty. As to Iran`s support for the struggle of the Palestinian people against the Zionist regime, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out that the Islamic Republic has not come to terms with the Zionist occupiers, the global arrogance and their allies over the past 25 years and will maintain such an stance in the future. Commenting on attempts by the global arrogance, headed by the United States to eliminate the Islamic morale from among Muslims, the Supreme Leader underlined the need for consolidation of unity among the Islamic ummah throughout the globe. Ayatollah Khamenei further paid tribute to the late Ayatollah Mohammad Baqer al-Hakim, the former deputy head of the World Ahlulbait Assembly. Referring to presence of the occupying forces as the main problem facing the Iraqi people, the Supreme Leader emphasized that if the Iraqi people are allowed to choose their own ruling system and constitution, they will certainly run their country in the best possible manner. The Third International Conference on Ahlulbait (AS), is to open in Tehran today with participation of some 500 intellectuals from 84 world countries. The agenda of the meeting include reports to be given by Muslim scholars and intellectuals, review of the problems of the Islamic world and future programs of the World Ahlulbait Assembly.

 

Supreme Leader stresses unity among Iraqi Shiites, Sunnis

Tehran, Oct 7, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here on Tuesday stressed the need for Iraqi Shiites and Sunnis to maintain unity and for various ethnic groups to strengthen solidarity to realize the sacred goals of the Iraqi nation. In a meeting with Head of the Supreme Assembly of Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SAIRI) Seyed Abdulaziz Hakim, here on Tuesday, Ayatollah Khamenei hailed the former head of SAIRI the late Ayatollah Seyed Mohammad-Baqer Hakim for his faith, courage, wisdom and vigilance and said that although martyrdom of the late Ayatollah inflicted a serious damage on Iraqi nation and Muslim Ummah, his martyrdom would continue to leave special impact on conditions in Iraq. The Supreme Leader expressed pleasure over the election of Ayatollah Hakim as the new SAIRI Chief, saying that the prudent choice would guarantee the continuation of the path of the late Ayatollah Hakim. Ayatollah Khamenei said negation of occupation is among the main demands of the Iraqi nation. The Supreme Leader recommended the SAIRI to build close bonds with high religious dignitaries and figures. He advised cautiousness in process of Iraqi Constitution`s compilation so that it would be consistent with the will and interest of the oppressed Iraqi nation. Hojatoleslam Hakim for his part thanked the Supreme Leader and Iranian nation for their strong sympathy with the Iraqis on Ayatollah Hakim`s martyrdom.

 
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