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(Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday accused the United States and its allies of lying about the threat of a nuclear Iran to cover up their own economic problems, state television reported.
In a fiery address marking the 23rd anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, Khamenei also warned Israel against any attack on Iran, saying it would receive a "thunderous blow".
Khamenei - who has total command over Iran's nuclear policy - has publicly forbidden the development of nuclear weapons, but Western nations suspect that Tehran is developing in isolation each of the components required for an atomic bomb capability.
"What Americans and Westerners do is idiotic. They magnify the nuclear issue to cover up their own problems," Khamenei said, referring to the economic gloom in the U.S. and Europe.
"They are deceitfully using the term nuclear weapons," he added.
Iran's supreme leader said Israeli talk of military strikes showed it felt vulnerable after the fall of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a U.S. and Western ally, last year. "If they take any miscalculated action, they will receive a thunderous blow." Read More
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