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Iran owe to the sacrifices of martyrs

Dehlavieh, Khuzestan Province, March 25 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Seyed Ali Khamenei here Saturday said the today, future and dignity of the Iranian nation owe to the devoution and sacrifices of the martyres who defended against Baath regime and foiled their plots.

The Supreme Leader arrived here Saturday, the first official working day in the country after the New Year holidays. The Supreme Leader was speaking before a huge gathering of people from all walks of life in this southwestern district of a province immortalized by its heroic resistance during the Iraqi-imposed war (1980-1988). Addressing countries of global arrogance, the Supreme Leader said: "Countries of global arrogance should know that the Iranian nation is as hard as steel and it insists on defending hoisted flag of Islam as a historical duty which the depth of Iranian nation in the Islamic world."

"Women and men of this country, the young and old in this Islamic homeland, and successive generations of this great nation have been hardened by experience," he said. Today, one-and-a-half billion Muslims all over the world pin their hopes on Islam and Islamic Iran, he said. The Supreme Leader said the Iranian nation and the Islamic Revolution give great importance to Islamic countries of the region, including Palestine, and those in North Africa, Middle East, Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Ayatollah Khamenei further praised the bravery, enthusiasm and steadfastness of Muslim Iranian youth and referred to Khuzestan as a region where "all calculations of the enemies of Islam failed to materialize."

Ayatollah Khamenei noted that the US and supporters of Saddam Hussein during the eight-year Iraqi-imposed war made careful calculations on the path of war but that the bravery and enthusiasm of the Muslim youth and the faith of men and women of this Islamic land caused their calculations to fail.

The Leader praised the memory of the brave defenders of the Sacred Defence, Dr Mostafa Chamran in particular. Addressing officials of the country, the Leader urged them to serve the great Iranian nation to the best of their ability and added: "Thanks God that today the Iranian government works hard to serve the people across the country." The Supreme Leader concluded his speech in Arabic, the language spoken by many people in the region. Dehlavieh, a district in Dasht-e Azadegan region, has seen acts of supreme courage by war heroes like Dr Chamran, Alam ul-Hoda, Khoshnevisan, Abdollah Saki and lesser known soldiers. Dehlavieh, Talaieh, Chazzabeh, Hoveizeh and Susangerd enjoy special status in the region and over a million of people visit the region annually.

Supreme Leader: Iranians will safeguard national interests, rights

Mashhad, Khorasan Razavi Prov, March 22, IRNA - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here Wednesday said that the people and their officials will do their best to defend their rights and interests by maintaining unity and relying on the grace of God Almighty.

Speaking before thousands of pilgrims at the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) Tuesday afternoon, Ayatollah Khamenei said that the coincidence of Norouz and Arbayeen, the 40th day of the mourning period of Imam Hossein's (AS) martyrdom, gives the new Iranian year special significance.

Welcoming the new Iranian year which he said has been designated as `Year of the Holy Prophet (PBUH)', the Supreme Leader noted that Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) embodied all the virtues of prophets and religious leaders before him.

This year, being the year of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), the nation and government are determined to take major steps to lift Iranian society and civilization to greater heights as desired by Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) through service and hard work and by following the plan wisely formulated to bring progress to the country," added Ayatollah Khamenei.

The Supreme Leader further referred to the strong determination of the new government to provide better services to the people as the hallmark of the plan, which he said would not only strengthen existing domestic infrastructure but also raise the country's prestige and independence at the international level.

Ayatollah Khamenei, who noted the increased facilities now available in various fields, said that although development and progress were essential in the Islamic Republic, these would have meaning only when achieved alongside justice.

He said the new government was determined to take big strides towards achieving such a goal by continuing the movement which started with the victory of the Islamic Revolution.

"Iran should make progress in science and the country's youth should build up technology based on scientific knowledge and industries based on technology with the major aim of boosting national development," said the Supreme Leader.

Further in his speech, Ayatollah Khamenei referred to recent issues raised by the US against Iran on human rights, democracy, nuclear energy and terrorism, and said what it actually wants is that the Iranian nation submit to its economic, political and cultural hegemony and have a say in the choice of Iranian officials that will administer the country's affairs.

The Supreme Leader said that US strategy of dealing with Iran characterized by the use of threats, bullying, psychological propaganda, creating discord, doubt, hopelessness and insecurity, imposing pressure on officials are all doomed to fail due to the vigilance and unity of the nation and government.

Turning to the US threat of possible sanctions that may be imposed on Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei said that what Iran has so far achieved in the domains of science, medicine, military and industries have all been made at a time when Iran was under sanctions, and added that there was no need for the nation to panic.

In concluding remarks, the Supreme Leader referred to the current nuclear dispute, and said what the enemies desire is to deny the Iranian nation the right to access nuclear technology because this will make the country even more powerful and further defeat their hegemonic ambitions.

"If the nation does not vindicate its right to nuclear energy today it will be left behind dozens of years in terms of development.

In addition, the time will come when Iran will have to stretch its hands to strangers and enemies to ask for nuclear fuel to meet its requirements in many fields.

"With the world gradually running out of oil reserves, all countries, including the US and Europe, need new, cleaner sources of energy and, in particular, nuclear energy, which is what the whole world is after. We, too, insist that access to the nuclear fuel cycle and technology be recognized for the Iranian nation.

"Therefore, we will not surrender our rights and will not allow the US to bully us," added the Supreme Leader.


Supreme Leader calls new year after Holy Prophet of Islam

Tehran, March 20, IRNA - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Monday congratulated Iranians and all the nations celebrating Noruz (advent of New Year and spring equinox) on the occasion, calling the New Year as the year of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

"Under present juncture, the memory and auspicious name of grand prophet is more alive than ever; and this is an instance of invisible divine order, ideology and favor; Today, Muslim Ummah and our nation are more than ever in need of their grand prophet, of his guidance, of his good tidings and warnings, of his message and spirituality and of the kindness he taught to human beings.

"Today, Muslim prophet's lesson to his Ummah and all humanity is building-up knowledge and getting more powerful; it is the lesson of ethics and dignity; it is the lesson of passion, Jihad and dignity and the lesson of resistance. So, this year will be naturally called after the auspicious name of the grand prophet," said Ayatollah Khamenei in his New Year televised message broadcast exactly after start of the New Year.

Recalling sacrilegious cartoon publications depicting holy Prophet of Islam and desecration of twin shrines in Iraq, the Supreme Leader hoped that in light of the prophet's name and his memory, Iranian nation will ponder on his lessons and translate them into action in their life and usual daily affairs next year.

"Our nation is proud of following the prophet's school of thought and his lessons; our nation has strongly and firmly hoisted the banner of Islam in the world of Islam, has endured difficulties and hardships and gained success for presence on the scene of honor and prestige and in God's grace, more success is ahead," said the Supreme Leader.

Ayatollah Khamenei called on the Iranians at large to follow prophet Mohammad's (PBUH) lessons and guidelines as a model in their life.

"We should include in our daily schedule prophet's ethics, the grand prophet's lesson for dignity, the lesson for acquiring knowledge, and the lesson for passion and dignity as well as the lesson for unity which he has taught us and are the lessons of our life," said the Supreme Leader.

Elsewhere in his address, Ayatollah Khamenei touched on successful presidential elections last year (that had been called as the year of public contribution and national solidarity), as a result of which president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad swept to presidency with overwhelming majority of votes, and said today a government is on the scene to serve masses and there are a group ready to contribute to development of the country.

"These all are the blessings of public contribution and national solidarity which Iranian nation had in the year 1384 given the priority in their work and endeavor. Nation's success -- whether in terms of presence and contribution or showing national solidarity-- was brilliant in the year 1384. The glorious elections and high public turnout as well as formation of a popular and committed government, and the achievements and success in different fields were all part of the great triumph of our nation in the year 1384."

Elsewhere in his address, Ayatollah Khamenei touched on Arbaeen (marking the 40th day of martyrdom anniversary of the Imam Hossein (AS), the third Imam of Shiites), which coincided with spring equinox, and condoled all the faithful shiites and Iranians on the tragic occasion.


Leader met foreign ministry officials

Tehran, March 13 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said Tuesday that a sense of Islamic dignity and identity which has emerged in the Islamic world thanks to the triumph of the Islamic revolution is a key element of power for the Iranian nation which must indeed be considered in international relations.

Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei made the remarks during a meeting with Foreign Minister Manoochehr Mottaki and the ministry's ambassadors, deputies, aides, charges d'affaires as well as heads of Iran's consulates abroad.

"The version of Islam practiced by Iran, unlike the Taliban model or the American- or Western culture-inspired model of Islam, enjoys enlightening, adherence to Islamic tenets, innovation and dynamism," Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding that upon that model a system and people-based government has been established (in Iran) which despite all pressures during the last 27 years has stayed the course and thereby represents an appealing model for the world Muslims to the dislike of the world big powers, the United States in particular.

"Besides, the Islamic faith and spiritual attitude of the Iranian nation and their faith-based presence in the country's different and sensitive situations during past years is a cultural element of the country's power," he said, adding that the nation's spirit of sacrifice and martyrdom-seeking stems from the very Islamic faith with which global powers are filled with fear. He urged for maintaining the attitude.

Pointing to the country's nuclear issue as being part of foreign policy agenda, Ayatollah Khamenei underscored that the Islamic republic of Iran considers going back in the nuclear issue, the great national demand and the Iranian nation's natural right, as but a drawback in the country's independence which may inflict a hefty cost on the Iranian nation.

Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized on the necessity to utilize peaceful nuclear technology and described it as the inevitable need of the country's future. The leader also called the technology a superior scientific strength being resulted in progress in different fields. He added that any retreat at the current juncture will be followed by a never-ending chain of pressures and further going back. He arrived at the conclusion that the path is irreversible and so the foreign policy apparatus must courageously defend the right.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution said the key motivation of America and its certain European minions for hindering Iran from exercising its natural and scientific right is that they are anxious at the nation having achieved higher points of scientific capabilities. He pointed to current rulers of America, saying: "they think they can push through their measures via administering the world by arms or money, but no doubt they will fail to make headway as they conceded loss in the Middle East, especially in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Syria and Palestine."

Ayatollah Khamenei tied this reactionary outfit's constant defeats to their erroneous accounts of the nations' zeal, resolve and identity, adding "they (the outfit) make many false statements about Iran via their propaganda media which having probably fed their accounts, will lead to their failure.

Referring to the US president's recent remarks about Iran's lack of democracy, Ayatollah Khamenei said: "If there is a place where democracy does not exist, that is America, since all clues of electioneering there is tucked in the hands of a small minority of capitalists, mainly Zionist, and people's vote is useless and many of them decline to vote. This Mr. Geroge W. Bush too has come to power by fraud." Ayatollah Khamenei then mentioned some other issues which mars America's democracy, including US President's unlawful conduct mainly his eavesdropping on public phone calls, his low popularity rate among American people as well as practicing news censorship.

"If American rulers allow their propaganda media to broadcast these realities in full, the size of Americans who voice solidarity with them will cause White House rulers to be intimidated," the Leader underscored.

Concerning the Iraqi developments, Ayatollah Khamenei said: "The Islamic Republic of Iran supports the demands of the Iraqi people and seeks a popular government while occupiers refuse to bow to the Iraqi people's demands and unrightfully put hurdles to their national will as it harms their interests."

Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that as soon as the occupiers leave Iraq, security will be restored, adding that as per analytical evidence as well as some intelligence, America's and the Zionist regime's intelligence bodies are behind assassinations and bombings in Iraq.

Ayatollah Khamenei called the Palestinian issue as being top on foreign policy agenda, saying: "The Palestinian issue means the victory of a nation in their difficult struggle for restoring their rights and thereby must be dealt with by considering its leads-up and through a long term consideration of the Palestinian developments."

Ayatollah Khamenei deplored the Zionist regime's threats to assassinate Palestinian people's prime minister-designate and denounced the silence kept by Western countries who at the same time cry for democracy as shameful.

"The position of the Islamic Republic is to give spiritual and political support to the Islamic struggle of the Palestinian people and pursue their rights."


Supreme Leader lambasts US hue and cry over Iran's nuke plan

Tehran, March 9, IRNA - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in a meeting with members of Experts Assembly Thursday morning briefed them on the facts about nuclear issue and two major reasons for the US continued hue and cry.

Ayatollah Khamenei also said this (US hostility) has been going on at various occasions over the past 27 years. The Supreme Leader said that today, the Iranian people and officials resist any pressure and threat by relying upon the Almighty God. Ayatollah Khamenei added that by resorting to their wisdom and keeping up their unity, the Iranians are determined to continue their move to access advanced technologies, such as that of the nuclear energy.

The Supreme Leader referred to the US pretext to continue psychological war against the Islamic ruling system and preventing Iran's scientific and technological progress as the basic reasons for US objection to the peaceful use of nuclear energy by the Iranian nation.

"The Americans are well aware that due to the strategic depth of the late Imam Khomeini's spiritual influence and the highly attractive system of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the world of Islam, today in any election held in Islamic states, such as that in Iraq and Egypt, people will vote for Islamic groups.

"Such facts make it almost impossible for them (enemies) to tolerate the Islamic system," added the Supreme Leader. Turning to the faith, consciousness, experience, growing progress, strongly organized domestic system and deep spiritual influence in the world of Islam as the principles of the authority of the Islamic system, Ayatollah Khamenei said that in practice the US confrontation with Iran manifests itself in continued psychological war with the Iranian ruling system and nation. "Given that a pretext is required for such a psychological war, today the US administrators have turned to the nuclear energy as an excuse. "On different occasions over the past 27 years, whenever the US pretext lost its effect for any reason, immediately it brought up another one, given its belief that continued psychological war with the Iranian nation is the best way to confront the Islamic system," added the Supreme Leader.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that therefore, if the government and nation surrender their rights to access nuclear energy at this point, the game will not be over rather the US will find another excuse. The Supreme Leader pointed to Iran's continued cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on its nuclear program and noted that over the past two and a half years, the government has tried in every possible way to solve the issue. "However, the Europeans eventually told us that to gain their confidence we should suspend our entire nuclear activities. "In the world of today, scientific knowledge is the foundation of economic and political power, and for this reason the US attempts to prevent Iran's scientific progress," added Ayatollah Khamenei. The Supreme Leader said that according to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), all countries are entitled to access nuclear energy.

Referring to the call of some Western states for official recognition of Iran's right to access nuclear technology, Ayatollah Khamenei said that recognizing an inalienable and legal right is a superficial, futile and senseless privilege, given that it has been officially recognized in international treaties. "Therefore, it does not need to be officially recognized by Europeans," concluded the Supreme Leader.

Supreme Leader: Police's satisfactory performance a source of honor

Tehran, March 6, IRNA

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Monday that satisfactory performance of the Islamic Republic of Iran Police (IRIP) was a source of honor for the system. In a meeting with police commanders, the Supreme Leader said that IRIP is responsible for security of life, property, ethical and psychological well-being of every individual. The Supreme Leader said that show of strength of the police force is inevitable for enforcing discipline and recommended IRIP personnel to observe Islamic etiquette, respect and politeness in dealing with people.

Prior to the Supreme Leader's remarks, IRIP Commander Brigadier General Ismael Ahmadi Moqaddam presented a report about performance and activities of the personnel under his command. Ahmadi Moqaddam said that the indices of IRIP performance are all positive and growing thanks to close cooperation of all state institutes and organs.

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