Sunday, March 26, 2006

Khamenei Urges Iran to Resist Threats on Nuclear

Khaleej Times Online:
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Sunday urged Iranians to resist “the enemy’s threats amid international warnings for the country to halt sensitive atomic activities. “Some of these threats may also be put in practice. A nation will be able to preserve its honor and glory in this case if it resists without retreat,” Khamenei told commanders and members of the Basij, Iran’s Islamic militia force. READ MORE

The enemy wants to dominate Iran again and today they follow the same objective by propaganda, rumors and lies about the nuclear issue,” he said, referring to talks at the UN Security Council on Iran’s nuclear programme.

The United States and its allies believe Iran’s nuclear program conceals an effort to develop weapons and have urged it to halt sensitive uranium enrichment activities.

Iran vehemently denies the charges, saying its research is peaceful and meant to provide fuel for its power plants.

Khamenei also termed moves on the Security Council as “lining up against Iran’s interests.”

“They call it international consensus, but the international consensus is against America’s interference and war-mongering.”

The UN Security Council is currently deadlocked over Iran’s nuclear program.

Discussions, which began Monday, have been snagged by the refusal of Russia and China, two of the council’s five veto-wielding permanent members, to consider sanctions against their ally and major trading partner in Teheran.