“The Iranian nation has never bowed to pressure and never will, and this is the cause of enemy’s fury,” The Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei said in a meeting with young gifted talents in the Iranian capital Tehran on Wednesday.
“The thought that the cause of the arrogant front’s enmity towards Iran is adopting certain stances or making certain decisions is wrong,” the Leader noted.
“The cause of all these pressures is the Iranian nation’s independent position and not bowing to the hegemonic system,” The Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei added.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has faced a range of pressures including political, security, military, economic as well as sanctions, though the Iranian nation has not only neutralized these pressures through resistance, but has become stronger,” the Leader stated.
At the beginning of 2012, the US and the European Union (EU) approved new sanctions against Iran’s oil and financial sectors. The embargoes aim to prevent other countries from purchasing the Iranian oil or transacting with the Central Bank of Iran.
Washington and the EU have declared that the bans are meant to force Iran to abandon its nuclear energy program, which they claim to include a military component.
Iran has vehemently refuted the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to use the nuclear technology for peaceful objectives.