AlJazeera, February 8 - Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, has given warning that Iran will hit back at US interests worldwide if America attacks the Islamic republic to thwart its nuclear programme.
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Khamenei said: "They should not intimidate the Iranian people with these things, since the
Khamenei did not specify what such retaliation would involve but expressed confidence that the
He told air force commanders during a ceremony to mark the 28th anniversary of the Islamic revolution: "We believe that no one will make such an irrational and erroneous move and will not jeopardise his nation's interests.
"Of course some say the
"The American politicians and analysts know that the Iranian people have never let any aggression go unanswered."
The Iranian supreme leader, 67, also scoffed at rumours that he was gravely ill or even dead.
Khamenei said: "The enemies of the Islamic republic make different rumours about death or sickness to weaken the spirit of the Iranian nation for a few days, but they do not know that they are not facing a single person, but a nation."
He said Iranians would show "their alertness" in mass street rallies planned for Sunday, the culmination of celebrations to mark the 28th anniversary of the Islamic revolution.
"This is the day when the American and the Israeli and British intelligence people get angry and worried. This year, with the glorious popular presence, our enemies will be inflamed and dismayed."
However, it also insists that negotiations are the way to solve the standoff.
Javier Solana, the EU foreign policy chief, also said on Thursday that he was open to meeting