Khamenei says Iran poised to 'punch and stun' the West soon
Khamenei to Air Force"The Iranian nation, with its unity and God's grace, will punch the arrogance (Western powers) on the 22nd of Bahman (February 11) in a way that will leave them stunned," Khamenei, who is also Iran's commander-in-chief, told a gathering of air force personnel.
This week is the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution.
In his remarks he targeted February 11, which corresponds to their 22nd day of Bahman. He claimed that a "punch" would be delivered which would "stun" the arrogance of western powers.
The Ayotollah Ali Khamenei is the country's supreme cleric and commander in chief. He made the remarks before the Air Force there, press says.
In 1979 the US-backed shah was toppled by pro-Islam revolutionary forces on February 11.
There is increasing tension in Tehran, where opposition say that Ahmadinejad's re-election in June was rigged.
His comments came as Iran said it would begin to produce higherenriched uranium from Tuesday, in defiance of Western powers trying to ensure the country's nuclear drive is peaceful.
Opposition supporters are expected to stage anti-government protests on Thursday when the traditional regime-sponsored marches to mark the revolution take place across the country.
Mousavi renewed his call for demonstrations on the February 11 anniversary.
Just over a week ago, he and Karroubi had implicitly called for a gathering of their supporters.
"The 22nd of Bahman is upon us, truly it should be called the day of gathering," Mousavi said on his Kaleme.org website Monday.
"I feel we have to participate while maintaining the collective spirit as well as our identity and leave an impression," Mousavi said.