Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned Friday that Iran will retaliate against Western-backed oil sanctions and threats of attack, as media reports say U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta fears Israel could strike Iran in the next few months.
A report Thursday in The Washington Post, later backed by other news outlets, said Panetta worries Israel could attack Iran as early as April to stop Tehran’s progress on a possible nuclear bomb. Iran insists its nuclear activities are for peaceful purposes.
Panetta was not directly quoted in the report and has not commented on it.
Khamenei’s comments came in a speech on state television Friday as he marked the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.