Nice choice of words, there, Khamenei. Got nuclear bombs on your mind?
From Reuters, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s policies of standing up to the United States have set off a “powerful bomb in the world of politics” bigger than the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday.
The comments, carried by state television and radio, come amid prolonged tension between Washington and Tehran over Iran’s nuclear program. U.S. officials say Iran is trying to build an atom bomb but Tehran insists its plans are peaceful.
Iran has refused to halt sensitive nuclear work, despite U.S. threats to ratchet up pressure with new U.N. sanctions. Two rounds of sanctions have already been imposed since December.
“The political field of today’s world is a complicated field with a great war of wills and policies … It can be said that Iran has exploded a powerful bomb in the world of politics that is hundred times more powerful than the bomb the Americans exploded in Hiroshima,” Khamenei was quoted as saying.
“Even Europeans are speechless before this oppressive America, but the Iranian nation by its actions and stances has placed a question mark over all the rules and principles of this oppressive power.”