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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
"As long as America exists, we will not rest ... We must raise public hate against the despotic powers and create the environment for the destruction of America."
Basij Paramilitary Force Head Brig-Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi - March 15, 2012
"The Americans' resorting to military attack [against Iran] is a remote possibility, but if so, Iranians counter-attack will not be merely regional, but covering a vaster scene."
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei - August 20, 2010
"I caution President Obama - please don't take any wrong step because it would have consequences that are beyond anyone's imagination. Iran has been tested over and over again. Don't test Iran."
Foreign Affairs Minister Ali-Akbar Saleh - February 11, 2010
"The US method and conduct ... will only be stopped by a clear-cut and unexpected response, whose grounds were set by the martyr Hussein Fahmida [suicide bomber]. America should be aware not to put its huge body on top of the suicide bombers' explosive devices."
Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani - October 30, 2008
"Today, the time for the fall of the satanic power of the United States has come, and the countdown to the annihilation of the emperor of power and wealth has started."
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - June 2, 2008
"At the end of the day, we are an anti-American regime. America is our enemy, and we are the enemies of America ... Just like [our] movement destroyed the monarchical regime here, it will definitely destroy the arrogant rule of hegemony of America, Israel, and their allies"
Chairman of Guardian Council Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati - June 1, 2007
"We recommend that you learn a lesson from history. Do not repeat what you have done in the past and regretted. The Iranian people is [sic] zealous and brave. Do not toy with the national pride of the Iranians, because you will face a firm response. Things will change for you. Your interests in the region will be harmed."
Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani - February 9, 2006
"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