Iran’s leader makes an direct threat to Israel: The future is missiles, not negotiations
Iran’s Supreme Leader says missiles will be a part of Iran’s future relations with the outside world.
By Ben Ariel
Missiles, and not negotiations, will be a part of Iran’s future relations with the outside world, the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared on Wednesday, according to The Telegraph.
The comments are an apparent rebuke to Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president who has become a close ally of current President Hassan Rouhani, and who said last week the “future is in dialogue, not missiles”.
“People say that tomorrow’s world is a world of negotiations and not a world of missiles,” said Khamenei on Wednesday, adding, “If they say this thoughtlessly, it shows that they are thoughtless. However, if this is intentional, then this is treachery.”
He added, “If the Islamic system pursues technology and negotiations without defense power, then this will be a retreat in the face of threats.”
The comments come following Iran’s recent ballistic missile tests, in defiance of a UN resolution that endorsed last year’s nuclear deal with the West.
The Iranian regime earlier this month fired a number of ballistic missiles in tests across the country. The words “annihilate Israel” were reportedly written on the missiles, and Iranian officials claimed the missile systems being developed were needed “to confront the Zionist entity” and to ensure “its collapse”.
On Tuesday, Western powers sent a letter to the UN Security Council and to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, demanding that actions be taken over Iran’s repeated ballistic missile tests.
During an earlier speech to mark the Persian New Year, noted The Telegraph, Ayatollah Khamenei voiced
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