Leader Warns of Iran's Crushing Response to US, Israeli Aggression

TEHRAN (FNA)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei renewed Iran's steadfast opposition to the acquisition and possession of nuclear arms, but meantime stressed Tehran's military preparedness to give a crushing response to any possible aggression against the country.

"We do not possess a nuclear weapon and we will not build one, but we will defend ourselves against any aggression, whether by the US or the Zionist regime, with the same level (of force)," Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing thousands of Iranian people in the holy city of Mashhad, the provincial capital city of Iran's Northeastern province of Khorassan Razavi, on Tuesday.

The Leader said Washington and its allies are well aware that Iran is neither in possession nor in pursuit of nuclear weapons and the real reason behind their enmity against Iran is their thirst for the nation's oil.

Referring to enemies' efforts to create despair and discouragement among Iranian nation, Ayatollah Khamenei stated that heads of hegemonic powers and their agents in the region, by all their means, are trying to intimidate Iranians.

Though the ill-wishers struggled to show that Iranians are incompetent, the nation has repeatedly demonstrated that "it can", Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Iran has repeatedly warned that its Armed Forces are fully prepared to immediately deliver a crushing response to any offensive on the Iranian territory.

Earlier this month, the Iranian Armed Forces lauded the massive public support for the Islamic establishment in March 2 parliamentary elections, and stressed that it will take every possible option to confront enemies, thanks to the Iranian nation's support.

"The Armed Forces … remind the enemies that they, graced by the Almighty God and backed up by the people's huge support, are prepared to take all options against ill-wishers, aggressors and intruders," the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces said in a statement at the time.

The Iranian Armed Forces also cautioned the United States and Israel to stop their warmongering rhetoric since such a policy only leads to loss, damage and trouble for the European and American people.