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Leader: US ties detrimental to Iran
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Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says restoring diplomatic ties with the US would be detrimental to Iran.

Severing diplomatic ties with the US was one of Iran's principle policies but Tehran had never said that it would pursue this policy forever, the Leader told a gathering of people in the central Iranian city of Yazd on Thursday.

“The US administration is in a situation wherein restoring diplomatic ties with it will be harmful to Iran and we naturally should not pursue that," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

The Leader emphasized that thawing diplomatic ties with Washington would not reduce the threat posed by the US against Iran.

"The US waged war against Iraq while Washington had diplomatic ties with Baghdad, secondly diplomatic ties with the US would pave the way for the infiltration of US spies into the country, so diplomatic relations with Washington would not be useful to the Iranian nation,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

“If such relations are in the interests of the Iranian nation some day, I will be the first one to endorse them,” the Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei added certain countries accuse Iran of provoking hostility towards the US, but Washington's enmity towards Iran stems from its antagonism towards the principles of the Iranian nation --which has existed since the Islamic Revolution-- not the remarks made by the Iranian president or other officials.

US moves against Iran N-program futile

The Leader referred to the failed US initiatvies aimed at hampering Iran's peaceful nuclear program and added that "One day, the West opposed the activity of even five centrifuges in Iran but today 3,000 centrifuges are active in the country. "

"The Americans have been forced to admit that they have failed to prevent Iran from making nuclear achievements," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

"Over the next two decades Iran should generate at least 20,000 megawatts of nuclear electricity, otherwise its development will be hampered. Perhaps even today we are already late in starting to use nuclear energy,” the Leader emphasized.

He also pointed to the failed US policies in the Middle East and said that Washington failed to defeat Hezbollah in Lebanon while the White House views Iran as a primary force behind its failures in the region.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that following the 9/11 attacks, the US used its propaganda machine to persuade the world that it is conveying the message of democracy and the Middle East is a bastion of terrorism.

"Today, all nations in the Middle East and the world consider the US [policy] as a factor that fuels terrorism and undermines democracy," the Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei also slammed the West's smear campaign against Iran, saying that those who are involved in the 'shameful' Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib scandals accuse Iran and other opponents of violating human rights.

He dismissed the West's claims that there is no democracy in Iran and said that the Iranian people cast their ballots in free elections almost every year in choosing the country's officials.

"Doesn't democracy mean the same thing in other countries?"

Ayatollah Khamenei deplored that certain people inside the country echo the enemies' allegations directly or indirectly.

The Leader said that while a military attack on Iran is unlikely, the Iranian nation and officials should remain vigilant.

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