Senior Cleric Raps Netanyahu’s Anti-Iran Remarks

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SHAFAQNA- Addressing a large and fervent congregation of the people on Tehran University campus on Friday, Ayatollah Emami Kashani said, “In 36 years after the Islamic Revolution, Iran has never been a threat.”

“Even during eight years of Sacred Defense” when Iraqi dictator attacked Iran (1980-88), he added, “we only defended our motherland and did not invade any country.”

Emami Kashani stressed that Iran’s peaceful policies which are based on Islam and are stipulated in the Constitution are known to everyone.

“If Netanyahu thinks our country will be under pressure upon lack of a nuclear agreement between Iran and the Group5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany), he and his western supporters along with his weak regional puppets would not live up to see their dream materialize,” he said.

In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said the Israeli prime minister’s Tuesday night address at the US Congress against Iran was a futile attempt to camouflage Tel Aviv’s crimes in Gaza, and asked Benjamin Netanyahu to show a little respect for the world nations’ power of understanding and reasoning.

“Netanyahu’s remarks were repeated lies; the (Zionist) regime’s hostilities towards the Iranian nation are obvious and the regime’s lies have been completely revealed on the international scene,” Afkham told reporters.

Stressing that the Zionist regime was isolated more than ever due to its repeated crimes against the Palestinians, promotion of state terrorism and violation of human rights, she said, “Such attempts that are made to make the world nations forget the crimes against the Palestinian people are wrong.”

“They (the Zionists) cannot make the world community to forget the crimes in Gaza through statements and trips,” Afkham said.

She stressed that no new words were heard in Netanyahu’s remarks, and said, “The regime is entangled in a whirlpool of its mistakes, extremism and spread of insecurity and Netanyahu had better respect the global community’s understanding and avoid repeating such words.”

Afkham, meantime, downplayed Netanyahu’s remarks, and said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran participates in the negotiations based on the nation’s interests.”

“A good agreement (with the world powers) is an agreement which includes all the rights of the (Iranian) nation,” the foreign ministry presser underscored.

Netanyahu’s controversial speech started on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. (local time). He was invited by US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner hours after President Barack Obama threatened to veto any sanctions legislation against Iran during his State of the Union address on January 20.

More than 50 House Democrats boycotted the event. The Obama administration is both angry at Netanyahu’s accepting the Republican invitation to address Congress two weeks before the Israeli election without consulting the White House and excessive Israel Lobby interference in American foreign policy.

Shortly after the Israeli prime minister spoke against the ongoing Iran’s nuclear talks, US President Barack Obama told reporters that Netanyahu “did not offer any viable alternative.”

The US president said there was ‘nothing new’ in Netanyahu’s speech.

Source : Farsnews.com

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