Video>> Ahmadinejad: Iran won't retreat on nuclear issue
TEHRAN, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that sanctions and pressure cannot force the Iranian nation to surrender since Iranians are strong and always overcome problems, semi-official Fars news agency reported.
"During the last 33 years, Iran has been faced with a wide range of political, security, military and economic pressure and sanctions, but the Iranian nation has defused these pressure and grown more powerful through its resistance," Khamenei was quoted as saying.
He said the growing pressure is mainly aimed at making the Iranian nation surrender, "but Iran has not bowed and will never surrender to pressure, and this has made the enemy furious."
The Iranian nation will overcome the harsh conditions through reliance on its natural wealth and talented people, said the Iranian leader.
Iran is under substantive sanctions, especially on its oil industry and oil exports, by the West over the country's controversial nuclear program.
The European Union imposed an oil embargo on Tehran on July 1.
Iran not to retreat on nuclear issue: president
TEHRAN, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that the Islamic republic will not retreat on its nuclear issue.
There is nobody in Iran who wants to retreat from the country's nuclear rights, said Ahmadinejad when addressing reporters in a press conference. Full story
Enemies have launched "economic battle" against Iran: Iranian president
TEHRAN, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that the West has launched an "economic battle" against the Islamic republic.
The enemies have targeted Iran's oil and banking sector to put pressure on the country, Ahmadinejad said here at a press conference, emphasizing that the Western sanctions aim to hit the Iranian people, not the government. Full story
Direct talks on relations with U.S. "possible, but conditions should be met": Iranian president
TEHRAN, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Tuesday that direct talks with the United States on bilateral relations is "possible, but the conditions should be met."
However, Ahmadinejad said that "I don't think under current circumstances, negotiations will take place between the two countries." Full story