TEHRAN – The first deputy of Moqtada al-Sadr has said that defending the Islamic Republic in the case of a possible U.S. attack would be a “religious and ethical duty”.
“In 2005 we told the top authorities of the Islamic Republic that should the hegemonic powers, including America, Britain and the Zionist regime, attack Iran, we won’t remain passive,” Seyed Jalil al-Nouri was quoted as saying by ISNA on Friday.
It came after Iraqi Vice President Nouri Al-Maliki said his country is opposed to any pressure and economic sanctions by the U.S. against Tehran.
In a meeting with Iran’s Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi, al-Maliki added that the policy of exerting economic pressure on Iran and sanctions is rejected and the international community should block the policy of pushing peoples towards famine.
Also on Thursday, a group of students from the Najaf Seminary expressed solidarity with Iran, calling on the international community to oppose “those who are pursuing unilateral sanctions against Iran.”
They further condemned the “unjust sanctions” against the Iranian nation imposed by the “ruthless U.S. government, which does not want stability and progress for Muslim nations.”