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TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, vowed that Iran would not attack any countries despite president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's recent call for Israel to be "wiped off the map."
"We will not commit aggression towards any nations; we will not breach any nation's rights anywhere in the world," said Khamenei in a sermon broadcast live on state media on Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Islam's fasting month of Ramadan.
"But if the power seekers of the world -- out of habit -- want to infringe our nation's rights, it will not tolerate oppression by anyone or any powers," he said during the prayers attended by top officials and thousands of the faithful.
Eid al-Fitr falls on the 26th anniversary of the 1979 US embassy takeover in Tehran, which Khamenei went on to sanction as the "symbol of Iranian nation's oppression."
The compound, dubbed the "Den of Spies" was seized after the 1979 Islamic revolution toppled the Washington-backed shah.