In a speech marking the 1989 death of his predecessor and founder of Iran’s Islamic republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Khamenei said that the international community’s suspicion that Iran was seeking nuclear weapons is based on a “lie.”
“If the Israelis “make any misstep or wrong action, it will fall on their heads like thunder,” Khamenei said adding that allegations that Iran was trying to develop atomic bombs were false.
“International political circles and media talk about the danger of a nuclear Iran, that a nuclear Iran is dangerous. I say that they lie. They are deceiving,” Khamenei said.
“What they are afraid of — and should be afraid of — is not a nuclear but an Islamic Iran.”
He added: “They invoke the term ‘nuclear weapons’ based on a lie. They magnify and highlight the issue in their propaganda based on a lie. Their goal is to divert minds and public opinion from the (economic) events that are happening in the U.S. and Europe.”
Meanwhile, Iran has also criticized and warned the West on Saturday to avoid any attack on Iran.
Iranian military commander, Brigadier-General Yahya Rahim Safav, was reported by Press TV as saying that U.S. bases in the region were vulnerable to the Islamic Republic’s missiles.
His commenters were an apparent response to U.S. officials who have said Washington was ready to use military force to stop what it suspects is Iran’s goal to develop a nuclear weapons capability.