US plots in Middle East have failed
Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Sunday urged the country’s armed forces to increase their power to “scare off” the enemy.
“Increase your power as much as you can because your power scares off the enemy and forces it to retreat,” Ayatollah Khamenei said at a graduation ceremony for navy cadets in northern city of Noshahr amid increased tension with the United States.
The Leader touched on the “threats, frowns, taunts and bullying of the oppressive powers to intimidate nations,” saying that if a nation does not fear these methods and moves ahead with courage, trust and confidence in its abilities, it will force the superpowers to retreat and will defeat them.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is a clear example of this reality," he said.
“For 40 years now, Iran has been targeted by the sabotage of the United States and its accomplices, but it has grown from a small seedling to a strong and fruitful tree,” the Leader said.
US President Donald Trump in May withdrew from Iran’s nuclear agreement with world powers – a deal under which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program in return for lifting sanctions – and ordered the reimposition of US sanctions that had been suspended.
Ayatollah Khamenei also said US plots in the Middle East have failed, citing Syria, Iraq and Lebanon as clear examples.
“These are signs of the power of God and the veracity of the divine promises that say ‘If you help Allah, Allah will help you, and establish your feet firmly,’” said the Leader, quoting a verse from the Qur’an.
He said Iran’s “strong resistance against arrogance has led to a major defeat of the goals of the global oppressors in the region.”
“Political analysts and intellectuals of the world are astonished at the fact that Iran, relying on God and national power, has frustrated world powers in the region – a reality which they are admitting now,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
“Despite the extreme reluctance and numerous measures of arrogance, Iran has won the hearts of nations with the message of its revolution and made US plots in the region futile,” he added.
Ayatollah Khamenei touched on insecurity and instability in various parts of the world, especially in the West Asian region. He said the US and other cruel regimes see their interests in stoking civil wars, terrorist activities and regional conflicts.
“And, unfortunately, certain regional countries assist them,” the Leader added.
Ayatollah Khamenei singled out the US and the “Zionist regime” of Israel, saying their goal is to prevent the rise of an Islamic power in the region.
“They know that the fascinating message of Islam is to defend the oppressed and the deprived, so they fear the formation of a power based on Islam.”
He also warned the youth about “the enemy’s desperate efforts to tempt and influence” them in cyberspace as well as in their public and private spaces.
“The enemy is very active in various fields, which calls for vigilance, unity and reliance on God to withstand them,” he added.
Reuters and Press TV contributed to this story.