Iran must be­come strong to end en­emy’s threats, says Khamenei

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Tehran, Iran - Iran’s Supreme Leader Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei said on Satur­day that the Is­lamic repub­lic must be­come strong enough to ward off the ‘en­emy’s threats’ and pre­vent a war.

Khamenei also said Iran had a strong air force de­spite decades of US pres­sure and sanc­tions on the coun­try since the 1979 Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion.

“We must be­come strong so that there will not be a war, be­come strong so that en­emy’s threats will end,” he told a gath­er­ing of air force com­man­ders and staff. “We do not want to threaten any­one... this is to pre­vent threats, to main­tain the coun­try’s se­cu­rity,” he added in a speech aired on state tele­vi­sion.

Ten­sions es­ca­lated be­tween Tehran and Wash­ing­ton af­ter a Jan­uary 3 US drone strike killed top Ira­nian gen­eral Qasem Soleimani in Bagh­dad.

Iran re­tal­i­ated days later by fir­ing a wave of mis­siles at Amer­i­can troops sta­tioned in Iraq.

Its de­fence forces had been braced for US re­tal­i­a­tion when they shot down a Ukraine In­ter­na­tional Air­lines flight a few min­utes af­ter take-off from Tehran on Jan­uary 8.

‘Our Air Force, which had no right to & couldn’t even re­pair parts of air­craft (be­fore the rev­o­lu­tion) now builds planes’, Khamenei was quoted as say­ing on his English-lan­guage Twit­ter ac­count. ‘Sanc­tions are lit­er­ally

crimes, BUT they can be turned into op­por­tu­ni­ties’, he added.

In 2018, the United States with­drew uni­lat­er­ally from a land­mark nu­clear deal with Iran and be­gan reim­pos­ing sanc­tions as part of its ‘max­i­mum pres­sure’ cam­paign on the coun­try.

Top EU diplo­mat Josep Bor­rel vis­ited Tehran last week on a mis­sion aimed at low­er­ing ten­sions over the Is­lamic repub­lic’s nu­clear pro­gramme, which has

been crum­bling since the US with­drawal.

Iran has grad­u­ally stepped back from its own com­mit­ments un­der the deal, prompt­ing the Euro­pean par­ties to trig­ger a com­plaint mech­a­nism un­der the deal to pres­sure Tehran to re­turn to full im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Cy­ber at­tack foiled

Iran re­pelled a cy­ber­at­tack on Satur­day that dis­rupted the coun­try’s In­ter­net ser­vices for an hour, a Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­istry of­fi­cial said.

‘At 11:44 (0814 GMT) a dis­trib­uted de­nial-of-ser­vice at­tack dis­rupted the In­ter­net ser­vices of some mo­bile and fixed op­er­a­tors for an hour’, tweeted Sa­jad Bon­abi.

A DDoS at­tack in­volves over­whelm­ing a tar­get’s servers by mak­ing a mas­sive num­ber of junk re­quests. “Con­nec­tions have re­turned to nor­mal fol­low­ing the in­ter­ven­tion of De­jfa shield,” Bon­abi added, re­fer­ring to Iran’s so-called dig­i­tal fortress against cy­ber­at­tacks.


Iran’s Supreme Leader Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei dur­ing a meet­ing with air force com­man­ders in Tehran

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