Khamenei rules out any military confrontation with US

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the country had never started a war. (Khamenei.IR/AFP)
Updated 13 August 2018
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Khamenei rules out any military confrontation with US

  • Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Iran won't declare war on US
  • Khamenei accuses the United States of exaggerating about risk of conflict

ANKARA: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday ruled out the possibility of any military confrontation with the United States, Iranian state TV reported.
“Recently, American officials have been talking blatantly about Iran ... they are talking about war and negotiations ... They are exaggerating about possibility of a war with Iran. There will be no war ... We have never started a war and they will not confront Iran militarily,” Iran’s top authority said in a televised speech.


Netanyahu defends Gaza ceasefire after Israeli criticism

Updated 14 November 2018
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Netanyahu defends Gaza ceasefire after Israeli criticism

  • ‘Our enemies begged for a ceasefire and they knew very well why’
  • The deal has provoked criticism from within Netanyahu’s government

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday defended his decision to accept a ceasefire after the worst escalation with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip since a 2014 war.
“In times of emergency, when making decisions crucial to security, the public can’t always be privy to the considerations that must be hidden from the enemy,” he said at a ceremony in honor of Israel’s founding father David Ben-Gurion.
“Our enemies begged for a ceasefire and they knew very well why.”
The deal has provoked criticism from within Netanyahu’s government as well as from Israelis who live near the Gaza Strip and want further action against its Islamist rulers Hamas.