Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Europe seeks to both restrict Tehran’s nuclear program and keep the sanctions in place, but this dream won’t be realized.
Ayatollah Khamenei said on Monday it seems some European states expect the Iranian nation to tolerate the sanctions and struggle with them and at the same time cease its nuclear activity which is a critical need for the future of the country and go ahead with the imposed restriction in this area.
“I tell the European states that their fevered dream about Iran will never come true because the Iranian nation and government will not tolerate to be both under sanction and remain restricted in atomic activities,” he added.
He made the remarks in an address to a ceremony held at the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum in southern Tehran to mark the 29th anniversary of the passing away of the founder of the Islamic Republic.
The Leader also ordered the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran to immediately start preparations – “for now” within the JCPOA – for increasing Iran’s uranium enrichment capacity to 190,000 SWU as of tomorrow.
He also urged the organization to make other related arrangements earlier ordered by Iranian president.
Earlier, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ordered the country’s atomic agency to prepare itself for enriching uranium at “industrial levels” and warned Donald Trump that he will not be allowed to win the “psychological war” against his country.
Enemy Seeking to Mount Pressure
Elsewhere in his remarks, the leader underlined that the enemy’s main goal is exerting economic, psychological and practical pressure on the Islamic Republic.
“The three types of pressure are aimed at expanding enemy’s hegemony on Iran as it has been already expanded on some miserable and shameful states of the region,” he said.
Ayatollah Khamenei went on to say that one of the main goals that the enemy seeks through economic pressure and sanctions is not only mounting pressure on the Iranian government, but also to make the Iranian nation disillusioned with the Islamic establishment and pressuring the nation into giving in to its bullying behaviours.
He then referred to the enemy’s psychological pressure saying the pressure is mounted to turn the strengths of the Islamic Republic which are the source of authority of the country into challenges and disillusion the nation with them.
The leader cited Iran’s missile program as one of the main targets of enemy’s psychological pressure and said missile development creates security for Iran.
He said today’s generation may not remember that the capital city of Tehran was ruined by the enemy’s relentless missile attacks.
“The enemy’s missiles could reach Tehran and many other cities like Dezful, Ahvaz, and Shoosh,” he said.
“We didn’t have any defensive weapons and had nothing to do against enemy’s attacks but sitting idle and watching our country being ruined. Today, our youths have managed to turn Iran into the first missile power of the region. The enemy knows it well that if it fires one missile at Iran, it will receive ten in return.”
The Leader described missile capability as a source of security for the country and said missile program is a strength.
“Today, the enemy has focused on our missile program and unfortunately some people inside the country echo their remarks casting doubt on the benefits of the program,” he said.