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News number: 8901221542

18:48 | 2010-04-11

Politics

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Leader: United States' True Face Unveiled by Obama's N. Threat against Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei reiterated on Sunday that the recent remarks by US President Barack Obama in which he threatened to use nuclear weapons against Iran showed the true nature of the policies pursued by Washington.



"This statement is very strange and the world should not neglect it because the head of a state poses the threat of an atomic attack (against another state) in the 21st century which is the century of claims about support for human rights and campaign against terrorism," Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a number of senior military commanders from the Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

Noting that such remarks are contradictory to the US interests, he stressed that the words chanted by Obama about a nuclear attack against Iran means that the US administration is "an unreliable and sinister government".

"Americans have in recent years made much effort to portray the Islamic Republic of Iran as an unreliable state with regard to the nuclear issue (of Tehran), but it has now become evident that those governments which possess nuclear weapons and shamelessly threaten others with atomic bombs are unreliable."

Hence, these statements of the US president are scandalous as they unveil the facts and the reality of the policies pursued by the White House, Ayatollah Khamenei added.

The United States pledged never to use nuclear weapons against the states that comply with the Non-Proliferation Treaties (NPT) as part of a much-anticipated review of nuclear arms strategy released Tuesday.

But the new pledge leaves open a nuclear strike against countries that have signed on to a global NPT but stand accused of violating its terms.

Obama, in an interview with the New York Times, said outright that the loophole would apply to "outliers like Iran and North Korea" that the US believes are developing nuclear weapons.

In response, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday lashed out at Obama for his threatening remarks against Iran, and said Obama's comments indicated his lack of experience.

President Ahmadinejad said that American leaders still act like cowboys and like heroes in Western movies, "Whenever there is a problem, they take out their guns."