Supreme Leader: Entire
nation should benefit from public
Tehran, Aug 30, IRNA - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution
Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that the entire nation should
benefit from public wealth and the government should give preference to
fair distribution of financial facilities. The Supreme Leader said in his
guidelines to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his cabinet members that
the government is expected to administer justice, fight discrimination and
help the poor class tackle hardships.
"Justice means that you should distribute public facilities on equal
terms for every individual. You should not follow example of capitalist
countries where part of people live in comfort and luxury and the majority
lead a miserable life in poverty and deprivation," the Supreme Leader said
in his guidelines to the new cabinet. The Supreme Leader said that
progress and prosperity of the nation are tied to the implementation of
the 20-year strategy plan for economic, cultural and social development
and made it clear that the new government should see execution of the
20-year plan as its main mission.
The Supreme Leader said that the new government has taken office with
an aim of setting up an Islamic government and it should make every
endeavor to fulfill its commitments and make great strides in line with
its objectives. Ayatollah Khamenei said that Mr. Ahmadinejad put forward
the motto of justice-based government and people welcomed it in the
"The government should remain faithful to the motto of administration
of justice," the Supreme Leader said. Ayatollah Khamenei said that great
works have been done to remove deprivation by the former governments. "Justice
has always been on top of programs of the former governments. But, the
danger was that other topics such as progress, development, freedom and
democracy sometimes preceded the issue of justice. I advise you that
nothing should undermine justice and you should never forget the poor
class," the Supreme Leader said. The Supreme Leader said that absence of
justice will endanger faith and spirituality and that pursuing justice
without spiritual values will lead to hypocrisy and deviation. Ayatollah
Khamenei criticized those who believe that justice would be established
through fair distribution of poverty and said that justice means
distributing facilities to every individual on equal terms.
"Those who believe that first of all we should increase public fund and
then adopt measures for fair distribution of financial facilities, are
ignoring justice in practice." The Supreme Leader said that all ministries
should observe justice in their programs and the Management and Planning
Organization (MPO), Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs and the
service sector shoulder heavy responsibility in this respect. Ayatollah
Khamenei emphasized the need for freedom of expression and said that the
government should contribute to progress of science and knowledge and
respect freedom of thinking.
"The government should create an atmosphere in which the people can
think freely," the Supreme Leader said adding that freedom of thinking is
a prerequisite for freedom of expression. "When there is no possibility
for people to think freely, there will not be freedom of expression either,"
Ayatollah Khamenei said.
Supreme Leader: Basij,
symbol of Iranian nation's awareness, faith
Tehran, Aug 24, IRNA - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution
Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday attended headquarters of Basij (volunteer
forces) and reviewed their parades.
The Supreme Leader paid tribute to martyrs of the Basij and exchanged
views with commanders and members of the paramilitary forces. Addressing
members of the Basij, the Supreme Leader said that members of Basij is a
symbol of the awareness, spirituality and faith of the Iranian nation and
it is an exceptional outcome of the Islamic Revolution.
"Basij is a highly popular movement whose members are from different
ethnic groups and other walks of life and with different educational
backgrounds. The Basij resistance force is joyful for the young members,
hopeful for friends and fearsome for enemies," the Commander-in-Chief of
the Armed Forces said.
The Supreme Leader said that Basij played a surprising role in the
course of defense against eight-year Iraqi imposed war on Iran
(1980-1988). "Exemplary role of Basij has impressed the Muslim world and
the entire world. That's why the US and its allies are making every effort
to ignore the sacrifices of Basij members and bring their lofty values
under question," Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The Supreme Leader said that resistance of the Iranian nation and the
Basij force to US threats has guaranteed stability of the region adding
that the US has failed in its anti-Iran conspiracy thanks to the
determination of the Iranian nation an example of which was displayed in
presidential election (June 24, 2005). "And currently, the US is making
attempts to use political and cultural means and their lackey figures to
undermine the Islamic Republic and change its identity. But, they will
suffer the heaviest blow from the Basij," the Supreme Leader said. The
Supreme Leader honored memory of late Imam Khomeini, the founder of the
Basij and said, "the Iranian nation is a great ocean which may remain calm
for a while, but, on the case of storm, it will do surprising and great
Participants in Conference
on the Week of Venerating Mosques Meet the Leader
The participants in the Conference on the Week of Venerating Mosques
met the Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ayatollah Sayyid Ali
Khamenei on Sunday, August 21.
In an address to the audience, the Leader described mosques as the
places where human beings seek proximity to Almighty Allah. He also noted
that mosques are among the places where social and political decisions are
made in Islamic societies.
"Efforts should be made to further raise the spiritual status of
mosques through appropriate planning and by utilizing cultural and
artistic means and to use the revitalizing and exhilarating potential of
mosques in attracting the people from all social strata and promulgating
Islamic knowledge and exalted concepts," the Leader told the gathering.
Ayatollah Khamenei also underlined the sensitivity of the present
juncture for the Islamic world and stressed the need to establish
relations among mosques in various Islamic countries.
Referring to the anniversary of setting fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque as
the basis for designating the Week of Venerating Mosques, the Leader
stated, "The incident of setting fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque displayed the
permanent stance of arrogant powers against the manifestations and signs
of Islamic identity. Thus, the memory of this incident should be kept
alive by Muslim nations."
Further in his statements, Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized the fact that
the attempts made by the United States and Zionists to undermine the
attraction of Islam and its power of influence on nations have all faced
defeat and failure.
"The enemies of Islam have really been rendered powerless in the face
of the course of action stemming from the Islamic faith of nations in the
region. If this course of action is continued with further motivation,
belief and initiative of Muslim nations, surely increased divine
assistance and victory will be bestowed on Muslims," the Leader of the
Islamic Republic told the audience.
Supreme Leader appoints new
commander for IRGC ground forces
Tehran, Aug 20, IRNA - Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah
Seyed Ali Khamenei on Saturday appointed Brigadier General Ahmad Kazemi to
command ground forces of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). "You are
brave, efficient and of bright record in sacred defense era. As per a
proposal from commander of IRGC (Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi), I
appoint you to command of IRGC ground forces," the Supreme Leader said.
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed forces thanked former commander of IRGC
ground forces Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Jaafari for his service.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Leader assigned Brigadier General Jaafari to set
up IRGC center for strategic studies. The Supreme Leader called on former
commander of IRGC ground forces to undertake administration of the
strategic center and form a panel from personnel of IRGC to this effect.
Leader Says Iran not after
A-Bomb, Blasts US "Deception"
Tehran, Aug 19, IRNA - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
repeated here Friday that Iran has never been after a nuclear bomb and
that the West was trying to deceive the world public opinion by pretending
that Iran wanted the bomb. Addressing a huge crowd of Muslim worshippers
at the Friday prayers sermons here, the Leader said in their smear
campaign, the U.S. and "regretably some European countries" claim they are
opposed to "Iran's access to nuclear weapons." "This is sheer deception
and aimed to mislead the public opinion in their own countries."
The Leader also urged Europe not to fall into the US trap. "The US has
no goodwill towards you nor towards Iran."
operating under US eyes in Iraq
Tehran, Aug 19, IRNA - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali
Khamenei here Friday said the US was the prime suspect in the case of
insecurity in Iraq and that terrorists were operating under the US eyes
there. Addressing a huge crowd of Muslim worshipers at the Friday prayers
sermons here, the Leader said, "We are deeply upset by the insecurity that
is prevailing in Iraq and taking tolls from among the miserable Iraqi
"Killing innocent people is a big crime and it does not matter who
commits the crime. The US machine guns are guilty and so are those who
plant bombs. "We consider the US as the prime suspect in these events
because terrorism in Iraq is taking place under the watchful eyes of the
Americans. Thousands of military, security, political and intelligence US
forces are spread all over Iraq today. If they want to eliminate
insecurity in Iraq, they can do this." The Leader further said that some
even believe the killings are carried out by the US and Zionist
intelligence services. "It is not unlikely and there is evidence, too.
Insecurity is a prelude to occupation. They can justify their (continued)
presence due to the insecurity there," said the Leader.
"They (the Americans) wanted to bring to power their own subservient
government - a government that would serve the people in appearance but
act like a US mercenary in reality." The Leader said the Americans are
officially interfering in drawing up the Iraqi constitutional law. "What
does it have to do with you?" Ayatollah Khamenei said the US has been
defeated in Iraq and there is no doubt about it.
The Leader said that people's hatred toward the US is increasing and no
one is more despised than George W. Bush in Iraq today. Referring to the
opposition to the US interference in Iraq, the Leader said protests
against the US administration due to its military interference is on the
rise and an opinion poll held last week showed that most Americans are
against the US interference and presence in Iraq.
Turning to allegations against Iran and Syria, Ayatollah Khamenei said,
"Terrorists are moving under the watchful eyes of the US and are perhaps
moved from here to there with their own assistance. We have information
about this. And then they level unsubstantiated accusations against Iran
or Syria. "Today, we have a 1,300-km joint border with Iraq and occasional
cases of illegal crossing may occur," said the Leader, adding, "The
security of Iraq is our security and its progress is a huge achievement."
The Supreme Leader then touched on the government of Iraq saying, "We
support the Iraqi government which is a popular one. The Iraqi nation are
our Muslim brethren. "The present government has come to office with the
vote of the people, something unprecedented in the history of Iraq. The
Iraqi people had never had the chance to elect a head of government before."
The Supreme Leader said the Iraqi people have never been present in the
scene. This is the first popular government taking the reins of power in
the country. "This is not what the US wanted." He said: "The Iraqi nation,
the progressive clergy and religious authorities wanted this, and thanks
God, this happened." The Leader said the Iranian nation wish prosperity,
development and security for Iraq.
The leader's speech was interrupted several times by the worshipers who
supported the Leader's statements by shouting "God is the Greatest" and "Death
Leader Says Gaza withdrawal
Tehran, Aug 19, IRNA - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali
Khamenei described as "a very important event" the withdrawal of the
Zionist troops from the Gaza Strip after 38 years of occupation. "It is
interesting to know that this withdrawal was not a choice. This was a
defeat sustained by the Zionist regime. It was done out of desperation,"
said the Leader addressing a huge crowd of Muslim worshippers at the
Friday prayers sermons here.
"The psychological pressure of this defeat has affected all the pillars
of the Zionist government and has shaken it," said the Supreme Leader.
Referring to a protest demonstration held by some 200,000 people in Tel
Aviv recently, the Leader said, "Some people try to pretend the withdrawal
was the result of negotiations. This is so childish. What negotiations? "It
was due to the resistance of the Palestinians. What happened (in Gaza) was
in fact the second incident. The first incident was the withdrawal and
flight (of the Zionists) from South Lebanon." The Supreme Leader added, "The
Palestinian nation and the Jihadi groups of Palestine should know that
negotiations did not liberate Gaza, and will never liberate anywhere. "It
was the pressure of the resistance of Palestinian people..."
Addressing the US, the Zionists and "those who are acting as brokers"
in the Middle East question, the Supreme Leader said the plight of
Palestine would not be resolved by such withdrawals. "There is only one
solution (to the problem) and that is to conduct a referendum among the
genuine Palestinians to decide their choice of government," said the
Leader. "Any government they vote for and comes to office - whether
Muslim, Christian, Jewish, or a coalition - with the vote of the people
will resolve the Palestinian issue," concluded the Leader.
Leader praises SNSC
Tehran, Aug 15 - 'The issue of security stands as the major provider
for full-fledged advance and justice in the country', Supreme Leader of
the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei noted Monday. He made
the remarks during a meeting with members of the Supreme National Security
Council (SNSC), among them senior officials in charge of the national
nuclear energy affairs.
'In today's world, we shall appear with a strong and convincing logic
and observe diplomatic tricky issues,' he added. The Supreme Leader termed
the SNSC council a major center of domestic and foreign decision-making
and lauded it for good performance shown in the country's nuclear case.
The Supreme Leader also appreciated Hassan Rowhani, SNSC's former
secretary, for his efforts during his 16-year tenure and called him a
calibre director in the Islamic system.
Leader’s Fatwa Forbids
Aug. 10, Iran Daily - Iran is a nuclear fuel cycle technology holder,
a capability which is exclusively for peaceful purposes, read a statement
issued by the Islamic Republic at the emergency meeting of the
International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors here Tuesday
The Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali
Khamenei, has issued the fatwa that the production, stockpiling and use of
nuclear weapons are forbidden under Islam and that Iran shall never
acquire these weapons, IRNA quoted from the statement.
Supreme Leader: Justice, a fundamental principle
Tehran, August 3, IRNA
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei
said on Wednesday that about 60 million votes cast to ballot boxes in two
stages of presidential election indicated a national resolve to deal a
blow on the enemies and the interventionist arrogant powers.
Ayatollah Khamenei said in his statement at confirmation ceremony of
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that ninth presidential election
demonstrated a national move by the lively nation of Iran.
The Supreme Leader thanked the nation for timely understanding of the
need of the country and the ruling system by actively taking part in the
"The great blessing of people's presence in the scene is a gift from
the Islamic Revolution and and display of religious democracy with
reliance upon faith.
The Supreme Leader criticized US President George W. Bush for calling
on Iranians not to go to the polls and said that Iranians did exactly to
On the eve of the presidential election, President Bush had called on
Iranians not to participate in presidential election.
"The Iranian nation does not accept American democracy which depends on
Zionist capitalists. The nation portrayed a sense of responsibility,
national and religious commitment in presidential election as the true
democracy and the president who has been elected in such a process is not
indebted to anyone except God the Almighty," the Supreme Leader said.
Ayatollah Khamenei said that justice is the fundamental principle of
Islam and the major objective of the Islamic Revolution and the governing
system and since Mr. Ahmadinejad has put emphasis on justice in his
election campaign, his government is required to pay attention to the poor
"Some misportray justice as extremism and condemn it. Justice does not
mean going to extremes. It means advocating the rights of every human
being, preventing rent-seeking, and stopping plundering public assets,"
the Supreme Leader said.
Ayatollah Khamenei recommended Ahmadinejad not to make haste in doing
his job and the people too should exercise patience to give opportunity to
the government to embark on planning in line with the 20-Year Vision Plan.
The Supreme Leader made clear that the 20-Year Vision Plan has
envisaged justice, public welfare and multifaceted development.
On foreign policy, the Supreme Leader said that Iran is an advocate of
international peace and has no hostility to any other states.
"Powerful nations, especially the Great Satan should know that the
Iranian nation will defend its rights strongly in the
international community and will not give concession to any other power,"
the Supreme Leader said in reference to Iranian rights enshrined in the
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Ayatollah Khamenei said that the Islamic Republic of Iran seeks
brotherly and cordial relations with all neighboring states and those in
The Supreme Leader appreciated eight-year services of outgoing
President Mohammad Khatami and said that President Khatami's government
generated enormous capacity for the country to go ahead with development
The Supreme Leader also wished success for President Ahmadinejad.
President Khatami and his cabinet meet Supreme
Tehran, Aug 2, IRNA
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei in a
meeting Monday evening with outgoing President Seyed Mohammad Khatami and
his cabinet members warmly appreciated their efforts aimed t safeguarding
Islamic values and national interests during the past eight years.
The leader reiterated, "During that period the nation was witness to
hard and serious efforts made by government officials, the fruits of which
is advancement of the the country in industrial,
agricultural, scientific, and technological fields, and the Almighty
Allah, too, would reward them benevolently for such services." His honor
considered transfer of power from one hand to the other as "the best way
of governance, and the sweetest and best fruits of Islam and the
revolution, adding, "This brotherhood attitude and kindness among you that
results in peaceful transfer of power should be preserved as the
foundation of Islamic democracy and the next government, too, should
relying on the precious experience of this cabinet keep paving the same
Referring to the grandeur of Iran's history, the pride in Iranian
nation's conduct in different eras, and the material and human resort at
disposal of this nation, the leader stressed, "All those who have a
presence as the servants of this nation at executive scene should relying
on continuous efforts and to the best of their might proceed at least one
step forward, so that in the long run the Iranian nation would achieve its
Ayatollah Khamenei considered President Khatami's management era "full
of bitter and sweet experiences", emphasizing, "the end of your missions
does not mark the end of your responsibilities toward this nation."
The leader considered one of the characteristics of President Khatami's
cabinet as "their vivaciousness and their efforts for the grandeur of Iran
and Islam to the last minute of their tenure." Ayatollah Khamenei also
praised President Khatami's exalted personality, emphasizing, "Thanks to
his positive personality, the spiritual bonds between the leadership of
the system and the president is stronger than ever before in past eight
He referred to Khatami's piety and innate nobility as his exalted
personality traits, saying, "Throughout these past eight years Mr.
president was not only faced with a huge amount of hard work, but also
with various events, that he patiently tolerated."
President Khatami, too, appreciating the leader's guidance and support
throughout the past eight years, said, "Today we are leaving our posts to
new hands under such conditions that the perspective of Iran's next 20
years is drafted with exalted objectives and a bright and realistic
horizon based on country's Fourth Development Plan, that is proof for
country's high potentials, capabilities, stability, and security."