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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 presidential election.

"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 work."


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."


Leader: Terrorist 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 people.

"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 to America"


Leader Says Gaza withdrawal "very important"

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 performance

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 Nukes

VIENNA, Austria, 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 evening.

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 of Islam

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 election.

"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 the contrary.

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 class.

"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 other regions.

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 plans.

The Supreme Leader also wished success for President Ahmadinejad.

President Khatami and his cabinet meet Supreme Leader

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 bright path."

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 deserved status."

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 years today."

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."

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