With Iranian opposition leaders urging Iran's citizens to mark the February 11
anniversary of the Islamic Revolution as a symbol of freedom and of broad protest against the regime, Iran's President Ahmadinejad warned western powers that he intends to strike against their "global arrogance" on February 11th.
Iranian state television and the Iranian government did not offer any further explanation for Mr. Ahmadinejad's comments.
Opposition leaders in Iran met on Saturday to discuss the current regime's tightening grip on Iranian society.
"The widespread arrests of political activists and university students, the silencing of the media, and the forced confessions of prisoners are against the principles of Islam and the constitution of Iran," the leaders said in a statement. on their web site, according to CNN.
Meanwhile, the United States has stepped up area defenses - importing sea and air missile defense systems
to counter the Iranian threat. The U.S. has also committed a number of ships
to the region.