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"They (America) created the myth of nuclear weapons so they could say the Islamic Republic is a source of threat. No, the source of threat is America itself, with its unrestrained, destabilising interventions. Even if they did not make these overt threats, we would have to be prepared"
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - April 19, 2015
"We will respond with hot lead (bullets) to those who speak of it. Iran will not become a paradise for spies. We will not roll out the red carpet for the enemy"
General Hossein Salami - April 19, 2015
"The new weapon (the Great Prophet 9 missile) will have a very decisive role in adding our naval power in confronting threats, particular by the Great Satan, the United States."
Naval Chief of the IRGC, Admiral Ali Fadavi - February 27, 2015
"The Iranian nation is committed to resist arrogant powers, including the United States."
Aide to the Supreme Leader Ali Saeedi - March 17, 2013
"Iran will not start any war but it could launch a preemptive attack if it was sure that the enemies are putting the final touches to attack it ... We cannot imagine the Zionist regime starting a war without America's support. Therefore, in case of a war, we will get into a war with both of them and we will certainly get into a conflict with American bases ... In that case, unpredictable and unmanageable things would happen and it could turn into a World War Three."
IRGC Aerospace Force Commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh - September 24, 2012
"You want a new Middle East? We do too, but in the new Middle East ... there will be no trace of the American presence and the Zionists."
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - August 17, 2012
"We don't have direct access to U.S. territory, but the Americans have a number of bases and interests in the region. The Americans have more than 20 bases and 100,000 forces in the region, they can all be threatened by Iran. The Americans know it very well. [U.S. forces in the Middle East are] very vulnerable."
Military Advisor Yahya Rahim Safavi - June 2, 2012
"Israel only barks, no matter how much weapons are given to [it], we are going to destroy them, we will promise this task will be done."
Commander of the Iranian Army, Ataollah Salehi - September 23, 2015
"God willing, there will not be something named the Zionist regime in the next 25 years."
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khameni - September 9, 2015
"Israel will grow less safe day by day, whether there is a nuclear deal or not. Bear this in mind that Israel will never be secure, with or without a nuclear deal."
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khameni - August 31, 2015
"The balance of power will change to the benefit of the Islamic world, and we warn the Zionists that you are a rootless society with no land, no race, no history and no element which constitute a nation. Today, no place in the occupied land is safe for the Zionists. Today the missiles of the Palestinian resistance cover much farther than the Zionists expected. We are confident that Allah's promises will come true and in the end the Islamic world will be the graveyard of America and the Zionist regime's policies along with their allies in the region. The flag of Islam will be raised"
Brigadier General Hossein Salami - July 27, 2014
"This rabid dog, this rapacious wolf, has attacked innocent people and humanity must show a reaction. This is genocide, a catastrophe of historical scale... Everyone, whoever has the means, especially in the Islamic world, they should do what they can to arm the Palestinian nation ... the Zionist regime deeply regrets starting this (war) but has no way out"
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khameni - July 29, 2014
"Israel's annihilation is the only real cure...while waiting for an end to this cold-blooded murderous regime, mighty armed resistance is the only way to deal with it. That would be the end of a usurping fake regime."
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei - July 24, 2014
"[Israel is] an occupier and usurper government that does injustice to the people of the region, and has brought instability to the region, with its warmongering policies ... [Israel] shouldn't allow itself to give speeches about a democratically and freely elected government."
President Hassan Rouhani - September 19, 2013
"The Muslim world will not forget its historic right and will resist tyranny and occupation ... the Zionist regime is a wound that has set on the body of the Muslim world for years and needs to be removed."
President-Elect Hassan Rouhani - July 31, 2013
"Syria has constantly been on the frontline of fighting Zionism and this resistance line must not be weakened ... Syria has a particular position in the region and in the past 60 years has formed the resistance line against the Zionist regime [of Israel]."
President-Elect Hassan Rouhani - January 10, 2012
"We do not recognize the existence of the Zionist regime and, as Muslims, we cannot accept this injustice, which goes against all international law."
Presidential Candidate Gholam Ali Haddad Adel - May 16, 2013
"There is a Zionist enemy, but the Zionist regime is not that big ... at times the officials of the Zionist regime threaten us, they threaten to launch a military invasion, but I think that they themselves know - and if they don't know, they should know - that if they make the slightest mistake, then the Islamic establishment will raze Haifa and Tel Aviv to the ground."
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei - March 21, 2013
"The Iranian people are ready to march on Israel to destroy it if it launches an attack adventure against Iran. The Zionists hope to attack Iran but they are afraid of the Iranian reaction and the consequences of such an attack. Our forces can deter any aggressor and make them pay."
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - February 6, 2013
"If the Zionists act against Iran it will be a historic opportunity for the Islamic Revolution to wipe them off the world's geographic history."
IRGC Deputy Commander Brig-Gen. Hossein Salami - September 24, 2012
"The nations of the region will soon finish off the usurper Zionists in the Palestinian land ... A new Middle East will definitely be formed. With the grace of God and help of the nations, in the new Middle East there will be no trace of the Americans and Zionists."
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - August 17, 2012
"This bogus and fake Zionist outgrowth will disappear from the landscape of geography."
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei - August 16, 2012
"The fake Zionist regime would soon fade away from geography and every inch of the occupied territories be returned to Palestinians."
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei - August 15, 2012
"The nations of the region, which have toppled dictators, also have the power to annihilate the Zionist regime [Israel]."
Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami - August 14, 2012
"Anyone who loves freedom and justice must strive for the annihilation of the Zionist regime in order to pave the way for world justice and freedom."
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - August 2, 2012
"There is no place in Israel that is not within range of our missiles."
Military Advisor Yahya Rahim Safavi - June 2, 2012
"The Zionists, who do not have any fate but death, will continue screaming of war until their destruction."
Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Maj-Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi - November 15, 2011
"The ultimate goal is to liberate all of Palestine from the Mediterranean to the Dead Sea ... (our) missiles will carry out [Islamic] duties any time they feel a threat stemming from the enemy."
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei - October 1, 2011
"You [Israel] have no place in our region and among our nations, and you will not be able to continue your ignominious life on even a small part of the Palestinian territories ... The Zionist regime is the hotbed for germs and cancerous cells. If they persist even in a very small parcel of the Palestinian land, they will move again ... and harm everyone."
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - August 27, 2011
"Israel will have no place in the Middle East after the establishment of a Palestinian state. Establishing such a state will be the first step toward liberating Palestine. The Zionist regime is a cancerous cell. A lab of microbes. If it continues existing on even a sliver of Palestine, it will rearm itself and harm the world."
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - August 26, 2011
"Iran believes that whoever is for humanity should also be for eradicating the Zionist regime as a symbol of suppression and discrimination."
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - August 25, 2011
"The Muslims in the world are now moving in a direction in which, with the help of God, they will destroy the Zionist regime."
Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar - August 25, 2011
"We recommend them to pack their furniture and return to their countries. And if they insist on staying, they should know that a time will arrive when they will not even have time to pack their suitcases."
Basij Paramilitary Force Head Brig-Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi - August 25, 2011
"Our missile range is two thousand kilometers, and our main enemies outside the region are the U.S. and Israel. We are not aware of threats from other countries and so the range of our missiles has been calculated according to the location of U.S. targets in the region and Israel."
IRGC Aerospace Force Commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh - June 28, 2011
"The origin of the Zionist regime ... is a cancerous infested tumor that even if one of its cells remains in the region it will be infested, and this situation will go on, this is why these cells must be extracted."
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - May 15, 2011
"Soon the siege on the Zionists will be complete, and the little breath they still have left will be stifled. I recommend to the Zionists that in order to stay alive they should pack their bags quickly and return to their countries of origin. Because as soon as this siege is fully tightened, the Palestinian revolutionaries will have no choice but to throw them into the sea."
Basij Paramilitary Force Head Brig-Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi - February 11, 2011
"To the West and the United States I propose a solution to the Palestine issue: just as you created this evil Zionist regime through deception, I suggest you take away this regime to wherever you want. You can give them one of your own states or territories ... The Zionists have no power, and the Zionist regime is on a downward slide toward collapse, and no ruse will save it ... Jerusalem will be liberated, the Zionists will cease to exist, and world justice will prevail ... Jerusalem Day [should] also be an arena for fighting the devil, and should be a day for the cleansing of human society from the Zionists."
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - September 3, 2010
"Today, people have more information about the Zionist regime. The more they gain information [about Israel], the sooner the regime will reach its annihilation ... At the very most [Israel's collapse] will happen in the next 15 years."
Basij Paramilitary Force Head Brig-Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi - September 2, 2010
"They established this cancerous tumor [Israel] in the strategic region of the Middle East, in order to control the most important place in the world, in history, civilization and even the current political balance of power ... Quds Day will continue to be held each year until the downfall of this trespassing regime."
Former President Hashemi Rafsanjani - August 31, 2010
"The Zionist regime believes that it can directly confront the power of the Islamic Republic, but today the Islamic Republic has the complete and necessary ability to stand up to this wicked and dangerous creature [so that] no danger can emanate from it. Today we are prepared to teach them an unforgettable lesson."
Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi - August 17, 2010
"Israel is a cancerous tumor. Well, what is done with a cancerous tumor? Besides cutting out the tumor, what remedy is there?"
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - June 4, 2010
"The Zionist regime has shown that it does not adhere to the most fundamental principles of human rights, and with this action it has activated the countdown to its extinction."
Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi - June 1, 2010
"No trace of Israel will remain if the Zionist regime declares a war on Iran."
Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi - April 7, 2010
"I am very optimistic about the future of Palestine, and believe that Israel is moving down the steep slope of decline and downfall, and with Allah's will, its extinction will be certain."
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - February 8, 2010
"Everybody wants to meet Allah as a martyr. We have no fear ... the enemy – especially the Zionist enemy – will not dare take this cowardly step [of attacking Iran's Nuclear facilities]. This could spell the end of Israel."
Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali-Akbar Salehi - February 8, 2010
"You should know that this regime is on its way to dissolution. Do not attach yourself to this regime. This regime is on its way to extinction - do not tie your fate to these people ... The Zionist regime can cease to exist."
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - September 18, 2009
"Don't be afraid of those Zionists. They are on the verge of death. Their time has passed ... Unless they are put in their place at the very beginning of their conspiracy and fitna, they will jeopardize the security of the whole world, they will jeopardize the security of the whole region ... you must crush their step, crush their leg, so that they do not dare to invade the Islamic lands."
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - April 22, 2009
"[Israel] is an infidel that should be warred against ... Anyone who dies in this legitimate and sacred defense is a shahid [martyr]."
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei - December 31, 2008
"In the near future we will witness the destruction of the cancerous parasite, Israel, at the strong hands of the Hezbollah fighters."
IRGC Commander Muhammad Ali Jafari - February 18, 2008
"With God's help the time has come for the Zionist regime's death sentence."
Military Advisor Yahya Rahim Safavi - February 2008
"The real cure for the conflict is elimination of the Zionist regime."
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - August 3, 2006
"Our dear Imam [Khomeini] ordered that this Jerusalem-occupying regime [Israel] must be erased from the page of time. This was a very wise statement."
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - October 26, 2005
"The foundation of the Islamic regime is opposition to Israel and the perpetual subject of Iran is the elimination of Israel from the region."
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - January 15, 2001
"Iran's position, which was first expressed by the Imam [Khomeini] and stated several times by those responsible, is that the cancerous tumor called Israel must be uprooted from the region."
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - December 15, 2000
"The Jews [who immigrated to Israel] should expect a 'reverse exodus,' because one day, the tumor will be removed from the body of the Islamic World, and then millions of Jews who moved there will become homeless again. And when will that be? We shall have to discuss it another time ... If one day, a very important day, of course, the Islamic World will also be equipped with the weapons available to Israel now, the imperialist strategy will reach an impasse, because the employment of even one atomic bomb inside Israel will wipe it off the face of the earth, but [such a bomb] would only do damage to the Islamic World. It is not unreasonable to consider this possibility."
Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani - December 14, 2000
"If we abide by real legal laws, we should mobilize the whole Islamic world for a sharp confrontation with the Zionist regime ... if we abide by the Koran, all of us should mobilize to kill."
Former President Mohammad Khatami - October 20, 2000