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Khamenei: Iran must become strong to end “enemy threats”

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stressed on Saturday that Iran must become strong enough to end “enemy threats” and avoid war.

“We have to become strong to avoid the outbreak of war, we must become strong to end the enemy’s threats,” Khamenei told the leaders and cadres of the Iranian Air Force, according to state television.

He stressed that “the country must become strong in all fields, one of which is the military sector. We do not want to threaten anyone (…) This is not a threat, but rather to prevent threats and preserve the security of the country.”

“Our air force, which had no right and could not even repair parts of the aircraft (before the Islamic revolution in 1979), is now making aircraft,” Khamenei wrote in a Twitter Tweet in English.

He considered that “penalties are literally crimes but can be turned into opportunities.”

Since the assassination of the United States by Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in an air strike in Baghdad on January 3, relations between Washington and Tehran have been very tense.

Iran responded by launching on January 8, ballistic missiles targeting two air bases hosting American soldiers in Iraq without causing casualties.

This was the latest escalation between the two enemies, whose relations have severely deteriorated since the US withdrawal in May 2018 from the International Compact on Iranian nuclear.

Then, the United States reimposed a series of new economic sanctions against Iran as part of a “maximum pressure” campaign against the Islamic Republic.

In response to this withdrawal and the sanctions that stifle its economy, Iran abandoned the implementation of basic pledges it had made under the agreement concluded in 2015 in Vienna between Tehran and the major powers (China, the United States, France, Britain, Russia and Germany).

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