Iranian Leader: Atomic Powers’ Reciprocal Threats Challenge of Today World
TEHRAN (FNA)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that military wars and the atomic powers’ threats against each other are challenges facing the world today.
"Hostile rivalries of (world) powers and threats of atomic powers against each other, increasing military moves and threats and war near Europe, as one of the most war-prone regions in the world, the unprecedented spread of a disease and food threats around the world are all factors that have resulted in special conditions in the world," Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a meeting with Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and other Iranian legislators in Tehran on Wednesday.
"Under the current circumstances, countries’ (capability) to manage (their affairs) has become more difficult and more complicated," he added.
The Leader emphasized that Iran is constantly engaged in challenges with world powers in various areas in addition to the conditions that prevail over all countries as the Islamic Republic has presented a new model, which is based on religious democracy and has disrupted equations of the arrogant system.
Ayatollah Khamenei stated that Iran has managed to firmly stand up to all hostilities and enmities, and continues to make progress despite challenges.
He advised Iranian lawmakers, administration and Judiciary as well as all other apparatuses to play their role in "such great and important management" of the country.
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed the importance of raising awareness with respect to both the capabilities and the vulnerabilities in the country and called on officials to be "careful not to make mistakes because the enemy relies more on our mistakes than its abilities".
Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the 40th anniversary of the liberation of the strategic Iranian city of Khorramshahr during Iraq’s imposed war on the country and described it as a "symbol of changing a bitter equation to a sweet equation and the realization of national salvation".
The Leader said firm determination, initiatives, self-sacrifice, long-term view to goals and ideals and above all, sincerity and trust in God are among leading factors to overcome difficult, complicated and bitter situations and achieve victory and success.
Ayatollah Khamenei also described the Iranian Parliament as among "main pillars of the country's management", and called on the three branches of the government and all apparatuses to closely cooperate with each other given the existing difficulties and complexities in management under critical international situations.
The Leader emphasized that the Iranian lawmakers must heed difficulties facing the country, saying, "Managing a country with such a position like that of … Iran is an important and naturally difficult and complicated task given the current special circumstances in the world."
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned in April that there’s a “serious” risk of nuclear war over Ukraine in a statement the US blasted as the “height of irresponsibility”.
“The danger is serious, real. It can’t be underestimated,” Lavrov said in a state TV interview broadcast.
Invoking the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, when the US and the Soviet Union came close to nuclear war, he said that Moscow and Washington had understood the rules of conduct between the superpowers but “now there are few rules left”.
The US is the sole country which has used atomic weapons against another country during the World War.
A uranium-core atomic bomb named "Little Boy" dropped by a US bomber exploded above Hiroshima city at in Japan 8:15 am on August 6, 1945, killing an estimated 140,000 people by the end of that year.
A second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, and Japan surrendered six days later, marking the end of World War II.