TEHRAN, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- A close aide to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rejected U.S. official's recent remarks about Iran's nuclear facilities as "interventionist and worthless," Press TV reported Friday.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran will not back down an iota from its nuclear rights," Ali-Akbar Velayati was quoted as saying, in response to the statement made Tuesday by Wendy Sherman, U.S. Undersecretary of State, that Iran doesn't need to have an underground, fortified enrichment facility.
On Friday, a senior Iranian cleric called on Iran's Foreign Ministry to react decisively to what he called "U.S. threats" and remarks against the Islamic republic over its nuclear program, according to Press TV.
"People expect the Iranian Foreign Ministry to give crushing response to rants, lies, accusations and brazenness of the United States," Ayatollah Mohammad-Ali Movahhedi-Kermani said.
On Jan. 20, Iran and the P5+1 group, including United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany, started implementation of the interim nuclear deal they clinched in Geneva on Nov. 24, 2013.
Under the agreement, Iran suspended 20-percent uranium enrichment and started the process of diluting and oxidizing its 196 kg stockpile of 20-percent enriched uranium in exchange for partial relief of the sanctions imposed on its energy and financial sectors.