Thursday, June 15, 2006

Iran Supreme Leader Vows To Resist Nuclear Plan Pressure

Dow Jones Newswires:
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed Thursday to resist Western pressure over his country's disputed nuclear program, as the U.S. warned continued defiance could result in tough measures by the U.N. Security Council.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran will not succumb to these pressures and it considers the continuation (of its nuclear program) a main objective," state-run television quoted Khamenei as saying.

He called the current standoff over Tehran's nuclear program an unwarranted " Western outcry."

Speaking to Iranian nuclear experts in Tehran, Khamenei said achieving nuclear technology was more important than mining for oil in Iran, an oil-rich country.