Iran Sanctions Will Deepen Hatred Toward West, Khamenei Says

Sanctions against Iran will serve only to deepen the Persian Gulf country’s antipathy toward the West without harming its scientific advances, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.

“We should relentlessly continue our progress in the fields of politics, science and technology,” Khamenei, the highest authority in the country, said in a speech aired live today on state television. “Sanctions can not hamper the Iranian nation’s progress and will only deepen its hatred towards the West.”

Iran is at loggerheads with the U.S. and its allies over its nuclear program, which western powers suspect of covering the development of atomic weapons. Iran maintains the work is civilian and intended to generate power and for medical research. As a result of its nuclear activities, Iran has come under financial, trade and energy sanctions imposed by the United Nations, the U.S. and the European Union.

The U.S. is “magnifying” Iran’s nuclear issue in the media, said Khamenei, who was speaking outside of Tehran at an event commemorating the death of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The U.S. administration describes Iran’s nuclear program in “deceitful” terms, diverting public opinion from pressing problems at home, he said.

The Iranian government has portrayed the country’s nuclear program domestically as a sign of the country’s independence and resistance in the face of world powers.

“Iran has proven that without reliance on U.S. or other powers, and even despite being an enemy of the U.S., a nation can achieve genuine progress,” Khamenei told supporters gathered for the event.

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