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March 22, 2013 6:52 pm

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Threatens Iran Destruction of Tel Aviv and Haifa

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Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Photo: Wiki Commons

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Thursday in a televised speech marking the Iranian New Year that if Israel attacked its nuclear facilities, Iran would “raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground.”

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also said the threat of an Israeli attack is “not big enough to stand out among the Iranian nation’s enemies,” according to Reuters.

Khamenei’s remarks came as U.S. President Barack Obama visited Israel, where Obama said Thursday that America “will do what we must to prevent a nuclear Iran.” Obama in Israel added, however, that the U.S. remains focused on diplomacy and sanctions as the preferred solutions to the Iranian threat before a military option is necessary.

Talks between Iranian officials and officials from the six global powers—the U.S., France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany—will continue in April in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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