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US Will Face the ‘Biggest Defeat in History’ if Iran Mobilizes Resources: Khamenei

WASHINGTON – This week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated Washington’s intention to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero as soon as market conditions permit.
Tensions between the two countries continue to simmer after President Trump’s decision to withdraw unilaterally from the nuclear agreement with Iran and resume sanctions last May.
The supreme Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, has called on his nation to carry out a “maximum mobilization” of its resources and capabilities to counteract the aggression of the United States, Israel and Europe against their country.
“The enemies, namely the United States and the Zionists [Israel], today mobilized all their capabilities and facilities against the Iranian nation, and on the periphery, the West and the Europeans are also showing their animosity towards Iran in some way” said Khamenei, Speaking at a meeting of the Expert Assembly in Tehran on Thursday, the Tasnim News Agency reported.
Commenting on US efforts to attack Tehran with its “tougher” sanctions, the Supreme Leader warned that “hostile pressure from enemies” would face a powerful Iranian response.
“They have launched a maximum attack against Iran, but if we carry out a maximum mobilization of facilities and capabilities, by the Grace of God, we will make the United States suffer the greatest defeat in its history,” Khamenei said.
In designing a strategy to face the challenges facing Iran in relation to the pressure of US sanctions, Khamenei recalled that Tehran has extensive experience in handling that pressure and called for a “creative” and “prudent” thinking to confront the adversaries of the country.
Iran-US relations have been poor for decades, since the two powers have no formal diplomatic ties since shortly after the 1979 Iranian Revolution that overthrew the pro-US Shah regime.
The United States, Russia, China and several European states signed the nuclear agreement with Iran in 2015, which provided the country with sanctions relief in exchange for the cessation of any nuclear weapons program.
However, relations collapsed to a new low in May 2018, after President Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from nuclear power.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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