Prominent Cleric Says Iran Won't Budge in Nuclear Negotiations

Ayatollah Ali Movahedi-Kermani warns Israel that its cities will be 'razed to the ground' if it attacks Iran.

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Ayatollah Ali Movahedi-Kermani.
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A leading Iranian cleric sounded a hardline note on the current nuclear negotiations on Friday, saying that his country "will not go back even one step from the R&D and the enrichment of uranium, and will not relinquish its full right to nuclear energy."

During a televised public sermon in the capital Tehran, Ayatollah Ali Movahedi-Kermani insisted that "all our (military) means are intended for defense... defense is the right of every country, and even of every person."

Kermani is close to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and serves as his official representative to the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards.

His sermon was translated from Iranian Channel 1 by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

Regarding the letters reportedly sent by United States President Barack Obama to Khamenei, Kermani said that the president "should show some goodwill instead of sending letters."

Kermani also said that Iran's Sejjil missile can "hit and raze to the ground any place in Israel, as well as any America base in the region," and that "even the Iron Dome cannot protect Israel" from the Iranian missiles.

"If Israel goes crazy one day and considers attacking Iran... we will, as our supreme leader said, raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground," Kermani said.

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