Khamenei says the war with Iraq has proved that Iran can defend itself


Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday that the Islamic Republic's war between Iraq and 1980 showed that the country could defend itself without directly resolving the current situation.

Khamenei says the war with Iraq has proved that Iran can defend itself


"Trying for eight years, trying my best, and still not getting anything - is there a bigger victory for Iran?" Khamenei said.

Khamenei made the remarks in a televised video address to the country's top military commanders and veterans of the war, which began at the start of the "Holy Defense" week on the anniversary of the war.

"The Holy defense has shown that aggression against this country is very costly," he said.

"When a nation shows that it has the strength and determination to defend itself ... it causes the attacker to think twice before attacking," Khamenei said.

"And if he wants to act wisely, he will realize that it is not to his advantage and is too expensive."

Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein invaded Iran a year and a half after Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, triggering a war that was eventually ended’ by an UN-brokered ceasefire.

Khamenei said the conflict had made the Iranian revolution "much stronger" than before.

The top leader also accused Western powers of keeping Saddam armed and depriving Iran of aid, saying it had "exposed the reality and nature of Western civilization."

He said Saddam had only "one instrument" in the hands of united foreign powers against the Islamic Republic.

His remarks came after the United States unilaterally announced that UN sanctions against Iran were re-enacted and threatened to impose "consequences" on states that failed to comply.

The move was rejected’ by other world powers.

Iran and the United States have twice been on the brink of a direct confrontation since June 2019.

Khamenei called on officials to preserve the memory of the war as part of the Iranian "national identity" by creating works of literature on a global scale.

This year, Iran canceled an annual a military parade marking the anniversary of the war on the novel Coronavirus Epidemic, which has killed more than 24,400 people and affected more than 425,000 in the Islamic Republic since March.

Khamenei urged Iranians to better observe health protocols such as social distance and wearing masks, noting that the virus kills 150 people a day in the country.

"Suppose a ship with 300 people on board crashes every two days and everyone dies. Is that a small thing?" They said.

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