Entire Iran to stand up to excessive demands: Leader


Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the entire Iranian nation will stand up to excessive demands as the Islamic Republic engages in nuclear negotiations with six world powers.

“In the [nuclear] negotiations, if sensible things are said and fair and wise arrangements are made, we will agree to them; but, Iranians, from the top all the way to the bottom [of social strata,] from the masses of the people to all its officials, will stand up to excessive demands,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a gathering of members of Basij.

The Leader noted that both the Iranian nation and the negotiating sides must know that “if the talks fail, the one who will lose the most will be the Americans not us.”

In their last round of talks before a November 24 deadline, Iran and the P5+1 countries — the United States, Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain — wrapped up a week of closed-door intense nuclear negotiations in Vienna, Austria, on Monday. The talks aimed to tackle the remaining obstacles that exist in the way of reaching an agreement.

At the end of the talks, the two sides decided to extend their discussions for seven more months. They also agreed that the interim deal they signed in the Swiss city of Geneva last November will remain in place during the course of the negotiations until July 1, 2015.

Emad Askarieh has worked as a journalist since 2002. The main focus of his work is foreign policy and world diplomacy. He started his career at Iran Front Page Media Group, and is currently serving as the World Editor and the Vice-President for Executive Affairs at the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website.


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