(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks on Tuesday evening during a meeting with Iranian officials in Tehran.
The Leader said that the Iranian nation will not give in to Western pressure and the US-engineered sanctions on Iran will only make Iranian officials more determined to defend the nation's rights.
“They (the enemies of Iran) explicitly say that by intensifying the pressure and the sanctions, they are seeking to force Iranian officials to reconsider their calculations. But in reality, we will not rethink our calculations, and we will continue to trod the path of the Iranian nation more resolutely,” the Leader observed, adding that Iran will resist the West’s economic pressure.
Ayatollah Khamenei also said that the United States and its allies are trying to pressure Iran over its nuclear energy program and human rights issues, but their main problem is actually with the Islamic establishment itself.
“The enmity of these arrogant governments toward the Islamic Republic arises from their hostility toward the foundations of the Islamic establishment, but they are trying to justify their hostility toward the Iranian nation on the pretexts of the nuclear energy program and defending human rights,” the Leader noted.
He also referred to the US failures in its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the financial crises the West is facing.
“The fate of the US in Iraq, the increasing and endless problems of the US in Afghanistan, and the failure of US policies in the Middle East are typical examples of the growing weakness in the front of our enemies,” he added.
“The serious economic crisis in Europe and the eurozone, instability in several European countries, and the collapse of some European governments, as well as the high budget deficit and the 99 percent (Occupy) movement in the US, are important events that should not be ignored,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.