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Leader urges social infrastructure

Tehran, Nov 29 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Monday that there are useful common ground between Iran and Venezuela on fundamental issues. Receiving Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the Supreme Leader said that the two countries should develop cooperation in various dimensions to make themselves stronger to stand against threats of the bullying powers. The Supreme Leader said that social infrastructure and national understanding should undergo development to make a country stronger.

"National solidarity, the national pride and hope should be protected and efforts should be made for the economic development and welfare of the people, because, in this case, the US and the other big powers can no longer confront a unified nation," the Supreme Leader said. Ayatollah Khamenei expressed pleasure with victory of President Hugo Chavez and the Venezuelan nation vis-a-vis the US conspiracy and hailed Latin American revolutionary leader Simon Bolivar as the symbol of national resistance to colonialism.

On Iran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Supreme Leader said that if the international organization (were) influenced by the US in its judgments, it would lose its international credibility and would no longer be reliable. The IAEA is expected to do its specialized work with a single standard and impartiality, the Supreme Leader said.

President Chavez expressed pleasure with his visit to Iran, being made for the second time and appreciated Iran's support for Venezuela. President Chavez said that the latin American states have been exposed to different kinds of US interference in the past 200 years adding that the military coup and the economic crisis and sabotage which took place in Venezuela in the past two years had been designed in Washington.

 

Supreme Leader receives Hugo Chavez

Tehran, Nov 29 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Monday that Iran has developed nuclear technology as a national industry and will never overlook its rights to civilian nuclear technology.

In a meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the Supreme Leader said that abandoning nuclear technology for civilian purpose is Iran's red line and that Iran-EU accord on the nuclear program has been made in line with Iranian red line.

"The Americans and the Western powers know for certain that Iran will never goes after acquiring nuclear arms. The propaganda against Iranian nuclear program aims to force Iran to abandon nuclear technology which has become a national industry in Iran," the Supreme Leader said.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has left behind a variety of military and political confrontations in the past 25 years thanks to the strong spirit of the people and national solidarity and that the Iranian nation will never fear the threats being posed by the bullying powers, the Supreme Leader said.

Leader receives Sri Lankan President

Tehran, Nov 25 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that Iran and Sri Lanka should utilize the capacity for bilateral cooperation. In a meeting with Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, and her entourage, the Supreme Leader said that there are grounds to develop Iran-Sri Lanka cooperation. The Supreme Leader expressed pleasure with co-existence of followers of different religions in Sri Lanka and hoped that certain issues such as those concerning the Tamils will be fully settled. The Supreme Leader said that Iran and Sri Lanka share the same views on international issues including developments in Palestine and Iraq. "We object to the use of force in international community and are deeply worried about the regretful humanitarian situation in Palestine and Iraq," Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out. The Supreme Leader deplored US invasion of Iraq and said that it is part of the US strategy for the region and that they made great mistake in doing so, because both staying and withdrawing from Iraq are harmful for the occupying troops. The Supreme Leader renewed his concern about the disproportionate military action in Falluja and said that attacks on civilian targets would bring repercussions from the people and aggravate the situation. Mrs. Bandaranaike said that she was pleased with her visit to Iran and provided a brief report on her talks with Iranian officials during her stay in Tehran. She said that followers of different religions are living in co-existence in Sri Lanka and Muslims play an effective role in the government and important policy making centers of the country. The Sri Lankan President said that the international crises should be resolved through diplomatic means and violence will never bring solution to the problems.

Supreme Leader pardons 1,053 inmates

Tehran, Nov 21 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei granted amnesty or commuted sentences of 1053 prisoners, convicted at the country's general, revolutionary or military courts. The pardon was made at the request of the Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi to mark Eid al-Fitr which culminated the fasting month of holy Ramadan Sunday. The Islamic Republic usually grants pardon or commutes the punishment of those convicted by the country's tribunals during Iranian national or religious events.

 

Leader blasts US slaughter in Iraq

Tehran, Nov 18 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Thursday urged all Muslim and Arab nations, governments, circles and elites to fulfill their tasks regarding the critical situation in the Iraqi city of Falluja.

In a message to world Muslims, the Supreme Leader said the current critical situation in Iraq makes any Muslim or any human being, enjoying human sentiments, concerned.

The massacre of thousands of children, women and civilians, execution of wounded people, arrest of innocent civilians, destroying houses and mosques, and violation of families' sanctity in Falluja take away sleep from eyes and comfort from hearts, the message said. Now, after Falluja, there is the fear of repetition of the catastrophe in Mosul, Samarra, Baquba and other Iraqi cities, Ayatollah Khamenei said, stressing that all these crimes are being committed by the occupiers under the pretext of presence of a group of terrorists among the Iraqi people.

"Does the presence of terrorists among people, if such a claim, which is seriously doubtful, proves correct, give permission for killing innocent people, leaving wounded people without medicine, and abandoning children without food and water?" The Supreme Leader asked."How can those who consider nullification of execution verdicts for criminals as their own glories watch, in cold blood, mass execution of innocent people?" The message further questioned. How can Muslim and Arab governments remain indifferent observers, the Supreme Leader said, stressing that the call for help of the helpless people can be heard from the Iraqi territories.

Ayatollah Khamenei further urged governments and nations to at least shout in protest against such a big oppression being imposed by the arrogant powers on a group of oppressed Muslims.

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Ayatollah Khamenei Leads Eid-al-Fitr Prayers

14.11.2004

Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei, on Sunday, November 14, led the Eid-al-Fitr (fast-breaking feast) prayers in Tehran. A very large number of the faithful residents of the capital took part in the prayers that were characterized by great spirituality.

In the first sermon, the Leader felicitated the Iranian people and all the Muslims throughout the world on the auspicious occasion. He called the holy month of Ramazan an exceptional occasion for speeding on the path toward salvation and proximity to Almighty Allah. The Leader further referred to the ups and downs that might occur in the temporal and spiritual life of every human being and noted that the result of fasting, prayers and acts of worship during the holy month of Ramazan is piety, which is a great asset. He added that this valuable asset should be preserved during the whole year.

In the second sermon of the prayers, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out that there is a growing tendency among the Iranian people, especially among the devoted youth, toward spiritual values. "A nation which believes in God, a nation which has Ramazan, and a nation which believes in jihad and martyrdom would never be vanquished," he stressed. The Leader further expressed his gratitude to the Iranian people for their grand and magnificent nationwide rallies on the World Day of Quds. Hinting at the daily crimes being committed by Zionists against oppressed Palestinians and the suppression and massacre of Iraqi people by U.S. forces, he said that these brutal acts are signs of an undeclared war that the global arrogance has waged against Islam.

However, the Leader pointed out, "U.S. politicians, who are the main enemies of Muslims, will face strong resistance wherever they act against Islam."

In conclusion, Ayatollah Khamenei cited adherence to Islam and spiritual values, unity, alertness and insight, the presence of Iranian people, especially the motivated youth, on the scene, government officials' efforts to serve the people and the people's readiness to protect Islam as some of the factors contributing to the dignity and power of Iranian people. He said that these factors would discourage and prevent the arrogant powers from considering any act of encroachment against the Islamic Republic.

 

Leader meets cabinet members

Tehran, Nov 11 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that faith forms the basis for action of human beings and the nature of the religious faith is in a way bringing good deed. In a meeting with members of President Mohammad Khatami's cabinet, the Supreme Leader said that good deed and religious faith are interrelated.

Citing a command from the first Imam of Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) infallible household Imam Ali (AS), the Supreme Leader said that patience, surety, justice, jihad and campaign for the truth are the four pillars of faith and any weakness in those pillars undermines faith. The Supreme Leader said that Imam Ali (AS) has assigned the Muslim leaders to work for welfare and prosperity of the Islamic ummah.

 

Leader hails Palestinian resistence

Tehran, Nov 9 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei, condemned the United States as the accomplice of the Zionist regime in reppressing the Palestinian nation and asserted 'if some day a court is staged to deal with the Palestinian issue, the United States must also be docked'. He made the remarks in his Friday prayers sermons to multitudes of people who thronged Tehran University campus for the Friday prayers ceremony November 5.

Ayatollah Khamenei extoled the Palestinian Intifada and mentioned three major points for the movement in the whole: 'the unprecedented oppression by the Zionist regime against the Palestinian nation', 'the Palestinian robust resistence' and 'the surprisi ng silence of the international bodies towards the Zionist regime's criminal acts'.

He lauded the robust resistence of the Palestinian nation, despit all enemies and woes around. Ayatollah Khamenei condemned the United States as the accomplice of the Zionist regime and said 'if some day a court is staged to deal with the Palestinian issue, the United States must also be docked'. He attached high significance to the coming rallies of the day of Qods as the stage to throw sympathetic support behind the Palestinians.

Muslim people will take to the streets all around the world on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan to show backing to the innocent people of the occupied Palestine.

 

Ayatollah Khamenei led Friday prayer

Tehran, Nov 5 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei, condemned the United States as the accomplice of the Zionist regime in reppressing the Palestinian nation and asserted 'if some day a court is staged to deal with the Palestinian issue, the United States must also be docked'. He made the remarks in his Friday prayers sermons to multitudes of people who thronged Tehran University campus for the Friday prayers ceremony.

Ayatollah Khamenei denounced the hue and cry made by certain countries over Iran's nuclear activities as illegal and said 'we know the motives of them. They live either under US influence or suffer from illusion'.

'Whatever brings this nation to independence is frowned upon by the world hegemony system, while it looks upon everything in the world as pray'.

'The hegemony system designed the Iraqi war to keep its presence in the Middle East and secure its economic interests. In such conditions, any effort by any country in the way of independence is frowned upon,' he noted.

'Be that as it may, the Islamic Republic of Iran's youths will gain the nuclear technology', he stressed. His remarks were followed by the audience' supportive slogans.

'IRI system poises a threat to their establishment for offering new and attractive ideas to the world', Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding 'Now after 25 years they witness that the IRI has survived all of their sanctions and embargoes, this time more upbeat and advanced'. He mentioned stem cell management, nuclear enrichment technology, and dam-building technology as among the tokens of the national advances in Iran and said 'these advances make the enemy angry'.

In some other parts of his speech, the Supreme Leader took to the Palestinian issue and mentioned three major points in the whole Palestinian Intifada: 'unprecedented oppression by the Zionist regime against the Palestinian nation', 'the Palestinian robust resistence' and 'the surprising silence of the international bodies towards the Zionist regime's criminal acts'. He extoled the resistence of the palestinian nation, despit all enemies and woes.

Ayatollah Khamenei condemned the United States as the accomplice of the Zionist regime and said 'if some day a court is staged to deal with the Palestinian issue, the United States must also be docked'. He attached high significance to the coming rallies of the day of Qods as the stage to throw sympathetic support behind the Palestinians.

In the first section of his Friday sermon, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution related some parts of the life story of Imam Ali (A.S.), the first Shiite revered Imam, and elaborated on his justice-dispencing mode. He warned over fanning discord among Shias and Sunnis in the country and described Imam Ali (A.S) as the common ground between all Islamic denominations, notably regarding the fact that all Islamic sects look up to the first successor to Islam's prophet, Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH).

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Leader : US intrigues against Iran's nuclear projects irrational

Tehran, Nov 5, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution and Friday prayers leader of Tehran Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said the main reason behind US irrational hue and cry over Iran's nuclear projects is Iran's advancement despite all sanctions, plots, and enmities. Addressing hundreds of thousands of fasting worshipers on the sad martyrdom anniversary of the first infallible imam from Prophet Muhammad's household, Imam Ali (PBUH), Ayatollah Khamenei also criticized other (EU) countries' for following the irrational US-led campaign against Iran's peaceful nuclear project. The leader added, "All the same, The Iranian nation, and the Islamic Republic of Iran, relying on God's grace and their own strength, would keep on paving their bright bath dynamically and full of hope for a brighter future."

The Supreme Leader attributed the "global hegemony circles' policy making" to "the interests of international cartels and trusts". He added, "The political and economic cores of global arrogance are ready to give certain technological concessions to nations under their own hegemony, on condition that they would not break the ties of dependence, but when the Iranian nation and government stress the need to preserve their national independence they raise hell." The leader said "Young Iranian scientists' success in making nuclear fuel production quite indigenous in Iran, that is today among the 10 world countries that has access to that highly important technology, has outraged the Americans and other enemies of the Islamic Republic of Iran." Ayatollah Khamenei added, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has in addition to achieving attractive and innovative industrial goals, achieving spectacular infrastructure objectives, and presenting a practical model of Islamic culture to the enthusiastic nations' willing hearts, advanced noticeably in numerous other fields, and that is why the enemies try to conceal those achievements by accusing Iran of trying to produce nuclear bombs."

Further defining Iran's strategy regarding nuclear weapons, the supreme leader of Islamic Revolution reiterated, "As we have often said, and even announced our jurisdiction decree on the issue, we are not after manufacturing, stock piling, or taking practical advantage of any type of nuclear weapons, strongly believing that a solid and strong nation and government relying on such a huge pious youth power is basically needless of nuclear weapons." Advising the Iranian nation and concerned officials to be fully alert, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "Enemies intend to disturb our national solidarity and political integrity chanting such slogans as dual governance at top political level, or the presence of disputes among top leaders of the system, but I assure you that the heads of the country's three branches of government have shared views on sensitive issues, which furthermore infuriates our enemies."

The supreme leader referred to the International Qods Day next Friday, expressing hope that God willing both the Iranian nation and the other Muslim nations would have a broad presence at the scene on that day in defense of the oppressed Palestinian nation."

He referred to "Daily atrocious crimes committed by Zionists in occupied Palestine, the patience and exemplary resistance of the Palestinians that is praiseworthy, and the deadly and wretched silence of the Islamic countries, Europeans and international bodies" as the three significant and unforgettable factors of the current Middle East crisis.

 

Supreme Leader hosts students

Tehran, Nov 1 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here Sunday evening stressed promotion of science and knowledge in the society and reiterated that all-out progress of the country will be indebted to investment and efforts in the area of science and knowledge. Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in his address to a group of university students and members of student circles as well as a number of Olympiad prize winners. The Supreme Leader further stressed that the main solution to the country's problems is paying due attention to science. Referring to the promotion of science in the country as a valuable outcome of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, he praised the success of Iranian students in various national and international competitions and contests. The Supreme Leader underlined the need for supporting scientific elites in order to pave the way for their progress in different scientific fields. Meanwhile, a number of students briefed Ayatollah Khamenei on their views regarding several issues. At the end of the meeting, the Supreme Leader led the congregation prayers and then Ayatollah Khamenei and his guests attended an Iftar ceremony.

 
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