Enemies seek to deprive Iranians of peaceful nuclear energy: Imam Khamenei
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Imam Ali Khamenei, says enemies are seeking to deprive Iranians of peaceful nuclear energy, stressing once again that the Islamic Republic has never sought nuclear weapons.
Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting via video conference with thousands of people from Iran’s East Azarbaijan Province on Thursday, marking the anniversary of the popular uprising of the people of Tabriz, which took place on February 18, 1978.
“You see how oppressively the enemy front is focusing on the issue of our nuclear energy. They [the enemy] impose sanctions [on us] because of a nuclear energy [program] that they know is peaceful. And whatever they may say about Iran being a certain amount of time away from producing a [nuclear] bomb is nonsensical and meaningless,” the Leader said.
“They know we are not seeking that; that we are not looking for a nuclear weapon. We are looking to benefit from nuclear energy in peaceful ways. They know this. [But] They do not want the Iranian nation to achieve such an outstanding scientific progress and that’s why they are pressuring us,” Ayatollah Khamenei added.
The Leader said that Iran will urgently need nuclear energy, and that if the country fails to take action today, it will be too late in 20 years.
On enemy tactics against Iran
The Leader warned that enemies have been attempting to make the Iranians, especially the youth, stray from the path of the Islamic Revolution using two tactics: economic pressure and a smear campaign of lies and allegations against the pillars of the Revolution through Western media.
“The enemies are using two tools to divide the people and the establishment and to engineer the people’s views and thoughts: economic hostility and media enmity,” said the Leader, calling on the nation and the youth to counter the two conspiracies.
The Leader added that the enemies “level accusations against the centers that play a role in the Revolution’s progress.”
Ayatollah Khamenei explained that economic pressure can be foiled through hard work at home, diplomatic efforts and neutralization of the sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic.
The Leader praised the Iranian negotiators for working on the diplomatic front to persuade the Westerners to lift the sanctions placed on the nation.
“However, the major task is to neutralize the sanctions through [engaging in] domestic production and economic activities on the one side, and foiling the enemy’s media campaign and mudslinging, on the other,” Ayatollah Khamenei noted.
‘People, not guns, led Revolution to victory’
Ayatollah Khamenei highlighted the role of the people in the victory of the Islamic Revolution.
“The Islamic Revolution emerged victorious thanks to the presence of the Iranian nation and not guns and political ploys and playing,” the Leader said.