Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that the United States is seeking talks while making threats, Iranian media reported. The United States was accused Thursday, by The Iranian supreme leader, of holding a gun to Tehran's head to pressure it to hold direct talks.
Speaking of Israel's threat to attack Iran, General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters on Thursday, “I don't want to be complicit if they [Israel] choose to do it.”
At a gathering of leaders of developing countries in Tehran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated that Iran will never develop a nuclear bomb, but will continue the pursuit of peaceful nuclear energy.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has encouraged Iranians to procreate and make more babies. Khamenei has spoken out against the country's contraceptive service, calling it "wrong."
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has extended his Internet credentials by joining photo sharing site Instagram. Already a hit on Twitter the Ayatollah has now been spending his free time uploading photos to Instagram.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has told the Iranian people that sanctions will only make them stronger. The Iranian people though are already feeling the painful consequences as sanctions begin to bite.
On January 23 the European Union agreed to a ban on Iranian oil imports from July 1. Iran has reacted preemptively and will vote on Sunday for a ban on all oil exports to the EU from next week.
Ali Larijani, a close ally of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and speaker of the Iranian parliament, has demanded that Israel be punished for the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan.
Amidst ongoing political infighting in Iran, prior to the Presidential elections in two months, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused his one time supporter Mojtaba Khamenei, son of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, of embezzlement.
After major protests last summer in Iran because of the contested elections, the crackdown on journalists is still ongoing. Mass arrests of journalists in Iran were reported Tuesday, February 16th by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).