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Iran dismisses Western sanctions, warns against U.S. war threats

(Xinhua)

13:11, February 04, 2012

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei speaks during Friday prayers in Tehran, Iran, Feb. 3, 2012. Khamenei dismissed on Friday Western sanctions and warned against the U.S. war threats against the Islamic Republic. He said that Iran benefits from Western sanctions. (Xinhua/Official Website of the Iranian Supreme Leader)

TEHRAN, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei dismissed on Friday Western sanctions and warned against the U.S. war threats against the Islamic Republic.

Khamenei said that Iran benefits from Western sanctions.

He made the remarks in Tehran when leading the Friday prayers that was broadcast live by the state TV.

In response to Western sanctions on the country, including the recent U.S. and EU embargo on Iran's oil exports, Khamenei said that the sanctions have helped the potentials within the country bloom and prompted the country to grow domestically.

He said that in face of Western sanctions Iran has proved that it "turns to the internal potentials and grows domestically."

In January, the EU imposed further sanctions against Iran's oil exports as well as its central bank in a bid to ramp up pressure over Iran's disputed nuclear program.

Major EU importers of Iran's oil, such as Greece, Italy and Spain, have to find alternative oil suppliers before July 1, when the embargo comes into force.

On Friday, Khamenei referred to the military advancements and nuclear enrichment progress of the country and said that such achievements were made as the Islamic republic came under diverse sanction pressures from Western countries.

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