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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Iran's Khamenei: Israel risks 'lightning' reply

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Supreme Leader says any Israeli attack would be answered by a "lightning" strike by the Islamic Republic.

The remarks by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei come as Iran engages in intense talks with the U.S. and five other world powers over its nuclear program. Israeli officials have said they leave all options open to try to derail Iran's uranium enrichment.

The West fears Iran could one day produce weapons-grade material. Iran says it only seeks reactors for energy and medical research.

In a speech Sunday, Khamenei says any "wrong step" by Israelis would come back on them like "lightning."

Khamenei was speaking on the 23rd anniversary of the death of his predecessor, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Read More

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Supreme Leader says Western sanctions will not stop Tehran's progress but will only deepen hatred of the West in the hearts of the Iranian people.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivered his remarks Sunday at the mausoleum of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, at a ceremony marking the 23rd anniversary of his death.