INTERNATIONAL

Increase military preparedness: Khamenei

Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged his armed forces Sunday to increase their “defensive preparedness”, denouncing a U.S. warning that military action is an option if there is no nuclear deal.

In a speech to commanders and troops, the supreme leader said “the other side with insolence threaten us all the time”. The remarks came after General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, reiterated last week that should nuclear talks with Iran fail “the military option... is intact”. — AFP

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