Iran’s Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani condemned the West’s support for the Zionist regime’s nuclear activities, and said the US-led West is lying about the cause and the goal of sanctions against Iran.
Addressing a meeting with senior judiciary officials in Tehran on Wednesday, Ayatollah Larijani said imposing sanctions against Iran as an independent country under the pretext of nuclear activities is just a big lie by the western nations.
“As the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has stated many times before, the Islamic Republic of Iran is never after nuclear weapons,” he said.
Ayatollah Amoli Larijani stressed that the great nation of Iran will not be deceived by the hypocrisy of the enemies and their biased behavior.
In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei blasted the enemies for overvaluing the impacts of sanctions against Iran.
Addressing a large congregation of the people in the North Khorassan province, the Supreme Leader dismissed the claims of the western officials that they will remove embargos if Iran ignores its right of access to nuclear technology as sheer “lies”.
“Today, our enemies and (their) media are magnifying the issue of sanctions and some (inside Iran) accompany them as well,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
He reminded that sanctions and embargos are nothing new to Iran, as similar boycotts had been in place before the West started its hues and cries about Iran’s nuclear program.
“They say if the (Iranian) nation desists from its nuclear energy right, they will remove sanctions, but they lie.”
“(Existence of) a relationship between the sanctions and Iran’s nuclear issue is a lie, and it is the pride and rise and persistence of the Iranian nation which has angered them (the enemies),” Ayatollah Khamenei underlined in an address to a large gathering of people in North Khorassan province.
Political observers believe that the Wes has remained at loggerheads with Iran mainly over the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran’s nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for the other third-world countries. Washington has laid much pressure on Iran to make it give up the most sensitive and advanced part of the technology, which is uranium enrichment, a process used for producing nuclear fuel for power plants.
Iran has so far ruled out halting or limiting its nuclear work in exchange for trade and other incentives, saying that renouncing its rights under the NPT would encourage the world powers to put further pressure on the country and would not lead to a change in the West’s hardline stance on Tehran.
Iran is under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West’s calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment. The United States and the European Union have ratcheted up their sanctions on Iran this year to force it to curb its nuclear program.
Iranian officials have always shrugged off the sanctions, saying that pressures make them strong and reinvigorate their resolve to further move towards self-sufficiency.