Khamenei blames US for plans to start war in Middle East


US plan to move Israel embassy sign of 'failure', Iran's leader says

Amid the controversy after Donald Trump's decision to declare Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned from Tehran on Wednesday that "Zionists" would be dealt a heavy blow if the city is recognised as the capital of Israel.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blasted his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump's plan to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital on Wednesday, saying it would not be tolerated.

"That they claim they want to announce Quds as the capital of occupied Palestine is due to their incompetence and failure", Khamenei said, using the Arabic name for Jerusalem.

Jerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - now occupied by Israel - might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

At the same gathering, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said, "Quds belongs to Islam, Muslims and the Palestinians, and there is no place for new adventurism by global oppressors", according to Mizan, the news site for the Iranian judiciary.

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The US provocative decision to recognize the city of Quds as the integrated capital of the Zionist regime will not bring peace and stability to the region, and on the contrary, it will reveal US government's intentions and discredit this country's claims in the eyes of parties who still believe in the US impartiality in the peace negotiations.

As part of a "day of rage" announced jointly by Hamas, Fatah and other groups, Palestinian activists on Wednesday burned pictures of Trump and the Israeli flag.

Iran "will not tolerate a violation of Islamic sanctities", he said.

"I am determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel", said Trump, adding he has judged that "this cause of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians".

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