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IRANIAN LEADERS:[+ / -]

Hassan Rouhani
(President)

"Certain governments are created based on terrorism and see their survival in light of terrorism and its clear instance is the fake Zionist regime in the Palestinian territories. The (Israeli) government and regime basically started its job based on intimidation, terrorism and occupation and today it is continuing the same anti-human path. "
Fars News - August 2015
[Related: Diplomacy; Exporting Terrorism]

"We will purchase weapons from wherever we deem necessary and we are not waiting for anyone's permission; if we deem necessary we will sell our weapons and we will do this without paying attention to any resolution."
Fars News - August 2015
[Related: Iranian Missile Arsenal; Exporting Terrorism]

"Illegal sanctions violate the rights of the great Iranian nation.  Of course we bypass the sanctions, and we take pride in it, because we consider them illegal."
Young Journalists Club Iran - September 2014
[Related: Iran's Nuclear Program; Sanctions]

"We suspended the program? We completed the technology. When I say 'we,' I don't mean me, I mean our nuclear scientists."
IRIB TV - May 2013
[Related: Iran's Nuclear Program; Diplomacy]

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"Iran has nothing to hide. However, in order to proceed towards settling the Iranian nuclear file, we need to reach national consensus and rapprochement and understanding on an international level. This can only happen through dialogue."
Al-Sharq Al-Awsat - June 2013
[Related: Iran's Nuclear Program; Nuclear Negotiations]

"When some [the United States and Israel] say that all options are on the table and when a miserable regional country [Israel] says such things, it makes you laugh ... Who are the Zionists to threaten us?"
The Telegraph - July 2013
[Related: Military Option; Diplomacy]

"In its nuclear program, this government enters with full power and has complete authority ... [Iran has repeatedly pledged] under no circumstances would we seek any weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, nor will we ever."
NBC News - September 2013
[Related: Iran's Nuclear Program]

"To us, mastering the atomic fuel cycle and generating nuclear power is as much about diversifying our energy resources as it is about who Iranians are as a nation, our demand for dignity and respect and our consequent place in the world. Without comprehending the role of identity, many issues we all face will remain unresolved."
Washington Post - September 2013
[Related: Iran's Nuclear Program]

"In these [nuclear] talks all the rights of Iran, including nuclear and enrichment rights on our own territory should be accepted within the framework of international law."
Jerusalem Post - September 2013
[Related: Iran's Nuclear Program]

"In regards to nuclear issue, with political will, there is a way to rapidly solve the matter."
New York Times - September 2013
[Related: Iran's Nuclear Program; Nuclear Negotiations]

"Any resolution which seeks to bind us to suspension [of uranium enrichment] is unacceptable and we will not accept such an obligation."
Jomhouri-ye Eslami - September 2004
[Related: Iran's Nuclear Program; Diplomacy]

"We will go ahead with confidence-building and will endeavor to build up our [nuclear] technical capability to restore our national rights in the context of the international conventions. This is our diplomacy: to proceed both directions simultaneously."
Sharq - September 2004
[Related: Iran's Nuclear Program; Diplomacy]


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(Former President)

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is a member of the IAEA and is committed to the NPT. All our nuclear activities are transparent, peaceful and under the watchful eyes of IAEA inspectors. Why then are there objections to our legally recognized rights? Which governments object to these rights? Governments that themselves benefit from nuclear energy and the fuel cycle. Some of them have abused nuclear technology for non-peaceful ends including the production of nuclear bombs, and some even have a bleak record of using them against humanity."
Speech to UN General Assembly - September 2006
[Related: Iran Nuclear Program; Is It Peaceful?]

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"If you try, whether in your propaganda or at international organizations, to take steps against the rights of the Iranian nation, the Iranian nation will consider it an act of hostility ... Thanks to the grace of God and resistance, we are on the final stage of the path to the nuclear peak. Not more than one step is left to be taken. By the end of the year, we will organize a celebration across the country to mark the stabilization of our nuclear rights."
FARS News Agency - December 2006
[Related: Iran's Nuclear Program]

"The bylaw of the agency explicitly states that all member states have the right to the peaceful nuclear fuel technology ... We want to have the right to peaceful nuclear energy ... Our nuclear program, first and foremost, operates within the framework of law [and is] completely peaceful ... We do not believe in nuclear weapons, period. It goes against the whole grain of humanity."
Speech at Columbia University - September 2007
[Related: Is It Peaceful?; Iranian Missile Arsenal]

"In whichever negotiation we take part ... it is unequivocally with the view to the realization of Iran's nuclear right and the Iranian nation would not retreat one iota from its rights."
Reuters - August 2008
[Related: Negotiations]

"The world should know that [Iran] stands up to bullying and will put the bullies in their place. You cannot make Iran back down an inch from its course as it is now a nuclear state."
Associated PresS - January 2011
[Related: Iran's Nuclear Program]

"If Iran wants to build an atomic weapon, it doesn’t fear anyone and will publicly announce it and no one will be able to prevent it. It’s just that I don’t want to."
Christian Science Monitor - June 2012
[Related: Iran Nuclear Threat]

"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."
United Press International - February 2013
[Related: In Their Own Words; Military Option]


Ali Khamenei
(Supreme Leader)

“The holy land will be liberated thanks to the resistance and striving of Palestinian groups... We tell them (the Zionists) that you will basically not witness the 25 years from now, and by God’s grace, nothing called the Zionist regime will exist in the region (by then).”
Tasnim- December 14, 2016
[Related: The Iranian Threat]

“In order to secure our population, our country and our future we have to increase our offensive capabilities as well as our defensive capabilities.”
Reuters- August 31, 2016
[Related: The Iranian Threat]

“Those who say the future is in negotiations, not in missiles, are either ignorant or traitors.”
Reuters- March 29, 2016
[Related: The Iranian Threat]

“God willing, there will not be something named the Zionist regime in the next 25 years.”
Business Insider- September 9, 2015
[Related: The Iranian Threat]

“Iran's regional policy is the opposite of America's... Iran supports the resistance in the region, including the Palestinian resistance, and we will support anyone who struggles against Israel and strikes at the Zionist regime. Iran's chief policy is a struggle against America's policy.”
MEMRI- September 2, 2015
[Related: The Iranian Threat]

“We must combat the plans of the arrogance [i.e. the West, led by the U.S.] with jihad for the sake of Allah. Jihad for the sake of God does not only mean military conflict, but also means cultural, economic, and political struggle... The planning for the struggle against them should include both defense and offense. The power-hungry order led by the United States of America is the perfectly clear embodiment of 'the concept of the enemy.' America has no human morality. It carries out evil crimes under the guise of flowery statements and smiles... The U.S. has aspired for decades to infiltrate the region and regain its lost reputation. The Americans wish to infiltrate Iran with the [JCPOA] agreement, whose fate in Iran and in the U.S. is still unknown. But we have decisively blocked this path, and we will do anything to keep them from infiltrating Iran economically, politically, and culturally.”
MEMRI- September 2, 2015
[Related: The Iranian Threat]

“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.”
JCPA- August 31, 2015
[Related: The Iranian Threat]

“We have strengthened and we will continue to strengthen the fists of our Palestinian brothers in Gaza and elsewhere. As I have declared, the West Bank must be armed and prepared for defense just like Gaza is.”
JCPA- August 16, 2015
[Related: Exporting Terror]

“The slogans of the Iranian nation on Al-Qods Day show what its position is. The slogans ‘Death to Israel’ and ‘Death to America’ have resounded throughout the country, and are not limited to Tehran and the other large cities. The entire country is under the umbrella of this great movement.”
JCPA- August 16, 2015
[Related: Iran Nuclear Program]

“In their understanding of the deal, of which its fate is not clear since it is not clear if will be approved here or there, their intention was to find a way to penetrate into the country. We blocked the way. We will strongly block this way. We will not allow either economic penetration or political and cultural penetration into the country by the U.S.”
Yahoo News- August 17, 2015
[Related: Iran Nuclear Program]

“We will never yield to pressure. We will not accept unreasonable demands. Iran will not give acess to it's nuclear scientists. We will not allow the privacy of our nuclear scientists or any other important issue to be violated”
Reuters - May 20, 2015
[Related: Iran Nuclear Program]

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“The fake Zionist regime has tried to realize its goals by means of infanticide, homicide, violence & iron fist while boasts about it blatantly...  the only means of bringing Israeli crimes to an end is the elimination of this regime...  The West Bank should be armed just like Gaza. Friends of Palestine should do their best to arm People in West Bank”
Times of Israel - November 10, 2014
[Related: Iran Nuclear Program]

“Contrary to their foolish aims, the Zionist regime and its supporters are very close to collapse and total extinction.”
Jerusalem Post - October 4, 2014
[Related: Iran Nuclear Program]

“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.”
JCPA- August 31, 2014
[Related: Nuclear Negotiations]

"Should the Iranian nation beg for the right of exploitation of nuclear energy from the bullying world powers until they accept that the nation has a nuclear right? No. This is not the way of a free and independent nation. ... Rights cannot be achieved by entreating. If you supplicate, withdraw and show flexibility, arrogant powers will make their threat more serious."
Houston Chronicle - June 2007
[Related: Iran Nuclear Program]

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has made its own decision and in the nuclear case, God willing, with patience and power, will continue its path ... Arrogant powers and the U.S. are putting their utmost pressure on Iran while knowing Iran is not pursuing nuclear weapons"
Associated Press - August 2006
[Related: Iran's Nuclear Program]

"If they want to threaten us and use force and violence against us, they should not doubt that Iranian officials will use all they have in their power to deal a blow to those who assault them"
Reuters - March 2007
[Related: Military Option]

"From now on, in any place, if any nation or any group confronts the Zionist regime, we will endorse and we will help. We have no fear expressing this."
The Telegraph - February 2012
[Related: Exporting Terrorism]

"The Islamic Republic of Iran considers the use of nuclear, chemical and similar weapons as a great and unforgivable sin ... This does not mean forgoing our right to peaceful use of nuclear power and production of nuclear fuel. On the basis of international laws, peaceful use of nuclear energy is a right of every country."
CBS News - August 2012
[Related: Iran Nuclear Program]

"Threatening Iran and attacking Iran will harm America ... Sanctions will not have any impact on our determination to continue our nuclear course ... In response to threats of oil embargo and war, we have our own threats to impose at the right time."
Reuters - February 2012
[Related: Sanctions]

"Americans say all options are on the table even the option of military strike (against Iran)… Any military strike is ten times more harmful for America. Such threats show that they have no sufficient discourse against Iran’s logic and discourse."
InfoWars - February 2012
[Related: Military Option]

"Sanctions are aimed at making Iran back down, but Iran will not back down. These sanctions are aimed at dealing a blow to us, but in fact, they are of benefit to us ... Why should we compromise with the U.S.? They should just leave us alone."
Washington Post - February 2012
[Related: Sanctions; Negotiations]

"I'm not a diplomat, I'm a revolutionary, and speak frankly and directly, you Americans have pointed guns toward Iran, but at the same time you want to negotiate. The Iranian nation will not be intimidated by these actions ... Negotiations with threats and without good intentions have no meaning."
Washington Post - February 2013
[Related: Negotiations]


Other Iranian Leaders

Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Mohammad Hossein Baqeri
"All military tests and war games will continue to be held according to the schedule and will not be suspended or delayed under any circumstances."

Tasnim News - September 21, 2016
[Related: The Iranian Threat]

Commander of the Iranian Army, Ataollah Salehi
"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."

Fars News - September 23, 2015
[Related: The Iranian Threat]

Head of the Iranian “Assembly of Experts,” Mohammad Yazdi
"The US and Israel are the source of the situation in the region and (their) goal is to protect the Zionist regime in the Middle East. We should not change our foreign policy of opposition to America, our No. 1 enemy, whose crimes are uncountable. The U.S. will take this dream of coming to the market of Iran and getting the income it used to make before the revolution to its grave."

New York Times - September 1, 2015
[Related: The Iranian Threat]

Parliament Speaker's Adviser for International Affairs Hossein Sheikholeslam
"Our positions against the usurper Zionist regime have not changed at all; Israel should be annihilated and this is our ultimate slogan."

Fars News - August 25, 2015
[Related: The Iranian Threat]

Revolutionary Guard Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari
"After over 20 years of engagement in civilian projects, the Revolutionary Guards Corps has enough experience in and we will continue our projects."
New York Times - September 1, 2015
[Related: Iran Nuclear Program]

"The enemy has now resorted to using soft political and economic power. The answer to these kinds of threats after the deal could be for the government of the Islamic Republic to adopt a revolutionary and clearer stance."
New York Times - September 1, 2015
[Related: The Iranian Threat]

"We shall proceed with the jihad, resistance and martyrdom until Jerusalem is liberated and the Zionist regime, that stigma among Islamic peoples, is erased. The Commander said the way of jihad is full of risks, and to achieve the objectives of the Islamic Revolution, we must wholeheartedly follow the path of jihad, making every possible effort."
JCPA- August 16, 2015
[Related: The Iranian Threat]

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
"Iran is fully prepared to return to the pre-JCPOA situation or even [to conditions] more robust than that if the US reneges on its promises."
PressTV- March 21, 2017
[Related: Iran Nuclear Program]

"It [Israel] should be annihilated. This regime is a threat... Israel threatens to use force against Iran almost on a daily basis."
JCPA- August 16, 2015
[Related: The Iranian Threat]

Past Revolutionary Guard Commander Qasem Soleimani
"Indeed, [it takes a missile] no more than seven minutes to reach Tel Aviv. At the Leader’s command, it will be destroyed."

JCPA- August 16, 2015
[Related: Iran Nuclear Program]

Commander of the Basij Paramilitary Force Mohammad Reza Naqdi
"Certain naive people believe that talks with the U.S. are important and will be useful. We have been in talks with the 5+1 for over 10 years now. If these talks had yielded any results, we might have been able to expect the same from talks with the US ... [The U.S.] want to defeat the 'fight against Arrogance' that Iran is leading ... When the Americans have displayed the most hostile behavior toward Iranians in the past ... They announce openly that they want to hold talks with Iran."

Tasnim News - February 2013
[Related: Nuclear Negotiations]

"The people of Iran cried “Death to Bakhtiar, and he is in history’s dustbin; they cried “Death to Saddam,” and we all saw how Saddam ended up. They cried “Death to the USSR,” and now it is gone.” The will of the Iranian people brought down the 2,500-year-long monarchy. So now Iranian people, through solidarity, cry “Death to America and Israel. If the Iranian people wished to surrender, they would have done so when Israel could stand up to all Middle Eastern states, not now, when it is as weak as a mouse, at the hands of the resistance fighters of Palestine and Lebanon.”
JCPA- August 16, 2015
[Related: The Iranian Threat]

Revolutionary Guard Founder Mohsen Rafighdoost

“The countdown to the annihilation of Israel has begun. The Zionist regime that frightened all the Arab states is no more. Now, we wish to be in the front line of the fight for liberating Jerusalem. I expect the annihilation of Israel to be soon enough, and America can do no harm in the region either.”
JCPA- August 16, 2015
[Related: The Iranian Threat]

Revolutionary Guards Deputy Commander Hussein Salami
“We monitor their acts day and night and will take every opportunity to set fire to all their economic and political interests if they do a wrong deed. Today the US knows that the slightest move against the Islamic Iran will ruin its house of dream... we welcome war with the US as we do believe that it will be the scene for our success to display the real potentials of our power.”
Fars News- September 4, 2015
[Related: The Iranian Threat]

"Our response will not be a diplomatic one. It will be in the field, and we certainly will not say it in words, but in actions, so the enemy can see, realize and feel. We see the helplessness of the Zionist regime’s officials, who realize that these are the very last years or months of their lives."
JCPA - August 26, 2014
[Related: The Iranian Threat]

"Once we arm the West Bank, the Zionist regime will be wiped out automatically. We will send them every weapon system and any support the enemy may think of, and we will do it openly."
JCPA - August 26, 2014
[Related: The Iranian Threat]

"No single point in the Zionist regime’s land is safe; the people of Palestine shall hold their peace no longer. The Zionist regime has erected hundreds of kilometers of long high concrete walls around the areas it controls, since the entry of a single Palestinian or Lebanese youth can be a nightmarish and destructive threat to their national security."
JCPA - July 25, 2014
[Related: The Iranian Threat]

Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan
"The brave struggle of the Palestinian warriors against the Zionist invaders, and the courageous resistance of the people of Gaza to the most massive air raids and missile and artillery firing by the Zionist child-killers, forced the Zionist to retreat."

JCPA - September 1, 2014
[Related: The Iranian Threat]

General Yahya Rahim Safavi
"We should be targeting the Zionist regime in its territory as well as the entire region. Reinforcing the jihadi groups, especially in the West Bank, the population of which is twice that of Gaza, particularly arming these groups, demonstrating solidarity and unity of all Islamic states and peoples, to support the people of Palestine politically, economically and media-wise, are effective measures to the end of liberating Palestine."

JCPA - September 1, 2014
[Related: The Iranian Threat]

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast
"We will offer ways for removing possible concerns and ambiguities to show our goodwill, if Western countries, especially the U.S., fully recognize the nuclear rights of countries, which shows their goodwill ... Same-level, same-weight [actions, will lead to an] understanding point."

ABC News - February 2013
[Related: Nuclear Negotiations]

Former Supreme Leader Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini
"We do not worship Iran, we worship Allah ... I say, let this land [Iran] burn. I say let this land go up in smoke, provided Islam emerges triumphant."

Jerusalem Post - February 2007
[Related: Nuclear Negotiations; Would Iran Use the Bomb?]


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