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‘Iran will respond to oil, military threats’

world Updated: Feb 04, 2012 00:23 IST

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Iran has its “own thre­ats” to respond to any military attack or sanctions against its oil exports, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday. “In response to threats of oil embargo and war, we have our own threats which will be implemented at the right time, if necessary,” he said in a televised speech as he led traditional Friday prayers in Tehran.

His comments came amid heightened speculation that Israel — with or without US help — was contemplating air strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities. The West has also ramped up sanctions aimed at severely curbing Iran’s vital oil exports.

Khamenei, who spoke as part of events marking the anniversary of his country’s 1979 Islamic revolution, focused on warnings by the US that it was mulling “all options” — incl­uding war — to undercut Iran’s nuke programme.