Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollahon Sunday said Western sanctions would not stop Tehran's nuclear progress but would only deepen hatred of the West in the hearts of the Iranian people.
The Iranian Leader warned that any attack by Israel against its nuclear sites "will fall like a thunderbolt" on the head of the Jewish state, accusing the West of "lying" about the Iranian nuclear threat.
Israeli and American officials have begun to discuss the possibility of military strikes against Iran's nuclear program since the collapse of negotiations in Baghdad between the major powers and Iran last month. "All options are on the table" was reiterated Wednesday the Israeli Defense Ministerin an allusion to a possible attack against Iran. "We must find the right time before it is possible to act."
"If the Zionist leaders talk of military action (against Iran), it is because they are more vulnerable than ever. Any wrong decision will fall on their head as the lightning," stated Ayatollah Khamenei in a speech at a multi-thousand meeting in front of the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, who died 23 years ago.
The Iranian Leader further cautioned against the U.S. plots to create a rift between Shiaa and Sunni Muslims and said, “Today, the Americans are using Britain’s experience in causing a religious divide among Shiaa and Sunni Muslims.”
On Saturday, according to the Fars news agency, General Yahya Rahim Safavi, the military adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, said: Iran will retaliate against any attack on its nuclear sites with "proportionate action"
He reiterated that Israeli and U.S. bases in the Middle East as well as the U.S. Fifth Fleet in the Gulf were within range of the large arsenal of Iranian missiles.
General Rahim Safavi, however, chances of an attack by Israel or the United States were "slim."
General Rahim warned that the entire area of Israel was exposed to Iranian-backed Hezbollah's missiles, and that if indeed there is a war, "within two weeks from its start, a million people will flee from Israel."
“Hezbollah have thousands of missiles ...is a soldier of the supreme leader ... All places in the Zionist entity are within missile range,” Safavi was quoted by AFP as saying.
“The 20 American bases and more than 100,000 soldiers in the region all face Iranian danger ... The Americans know full well that all of their 60 warships in the Persian Gulf and Sea (Gulf) of Oman are vulnerable," AFP news reported.