The supreme leader of Iran vowed on Friday to retaliate over oil sanctions and threats of military action by the West to stop Iran’s nuclear program, warning that the United States in particular would face severe damage to its interests if any strike were carried out against its nuclear sites.  The pointed remarks by the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, were the most public response by him to mounting tension between Western powers and Iran in recent weeks.  They came amid increasing concern among American officials that Israel may soon strike a Iran’s nuclear facilities.

The supreme leader delivered the latest bellicose volleys in the increasingly tense standoff during Friday prayers marking the anniversary of the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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