“The Iranian people hate the US.” But surely if we just sit down and chat we can hash things out and reach an understanding.
Meanwhile, the saber-rattling steps up in intensity: “Iran threatens US with suicide bombers,” from the Media Line News Agency, October 30 (thanks to James):
Only a few days ahead of the American presidential election, Iranian parliamentary speaker ‘Ali Larijani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah ‘Ali Khamanai have launched harsh verbal attacks against the United States.
Referring to the US army’s attacks in Pakistan and Syria, Larijani said they would not be answered with diplomatic protests.
“The US method and conduct, expressed by this aggression, will only be stopped by a clear-cut and unexpected response, whose grounds were set by the martyr Hussein Fahmida,” Larijani said during a parliamentary session on Wednesday.
Fahmida was 13 when he detonated an explosive device he carried on him, destroying an Iraqi tank during the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s.
“America should be aware not to put its huge body on top of the suicide bombers’ explosive devices,” Larijani said.
On the same day, Khamanai said the differences between Iran and the US were far beyond differences of opinion.
“The Iranian people hate the US”¦ [because of] the various plots the US government has hatched against Iran and the Iranian nation for the past five decades,” Khamanai said.
The Supreme Leader added that any nation that would not honor Iran’s identity and independence would have its “hands cut off.”…