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Enemy Attempts to Sow Discord in Iran: Cleric

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TEHRAN, April 29 (ICANA) – Senior Iranian cleric Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami warns of enemy plots to disturb the country's calm by spreading rumors about discord in the country.
Friday, April 29, 2011 7:38:50 PM
Enemy Attempts to Sow Discord in Iran: Cleric

“The foreign-based and isolated enemies of the nation, in their interviews constantly seek to suggest there is a rift in the country,” Ayatollah Khatami told crowds of worshipers in Tehran on Friday.

The cleric cautioned against an enemy plot to show the atmosphere in Iran as tensional, calling on Iranian officials “not to play in their court” and “not to fill their puzzle squares.”

Ayatollah Khatami ruled out a “dual government” in Iran, and emphasized that the only rule in the country is that of the constitution which above all contains Islamic Jurisprudence.

The capital's interim Friday Prayers leader noted that the Iranian nation has learned to assess the righteousness of parties and politicians based on the enemy's response.

“I tell the foreigners that whatever figure or movement you support will be recognized as deviatory by the people [of Iran], and this will be to that [figure or movement's] disadvantage,” he added.

Addressing the developments in the region, the cleric blamed the United States for the unrelenting violence in Arab countries where people are demanding the end of the rule of their dictators.

He accused NATO forces of engaging in “a war of attrition” in Libya in a bid to win control of the oil-rich country in the long run.

Ayatollah Khatami pointed to the US intervention in Yemen, and blamed the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council for siding with “dictators and executioners” and functioning as “the arm of the US” in the region.

He lashed out at the “deadly silence” from the international community.

“You the United Nations, are you not an organization of nations? … Why are you as silent as death? You the Arab League, are these not Arabs? Why aren't you supporting them? You the Organization of Islamic Conference, why have you been hit by this plague of indifference? Why aren't Muslim scholars crying out [in protest]?” he questioned.

Ayatollah Khatami warned the ruling royal families in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to stop their violent crackdowns on popular demonstrations and anti-regime protesters.

“I warn Al Khalifa and Al Saud that every crime you commit takes you a step closer to elimination,” he said

“People in the future will remember the Al Khalifa [regime] as war criminals and the Al Saud regime as traitors standing by Israel in the 22- and 33-day wars,” he added, referring to the wars Israel waged respectively on Lebanon in 2006 and the Gaza Strip in Dcember2008-January 2009.

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