Nuclear case: Iran leader rejects ”pressure and threats”
Iran will "not surrender to any sort of pressure and threat", supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared on Tuesday, as Britain, France and Germany were pushing for Iran to be reported to the UN Security Council this week over its nuclear program.
"The great Iranian nation today, stronger than before and with a determined will to reach its aims and goals, stands solidly and will not surrender to any sort of pressure and threat," Khamenei said Tuesday in a speech read out on state television.
"The president, at the United Nations and before the eyes of the world, solidly and with power outlined Iran's position which was the words of all Iranians," Khamenei said of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's declaration to the UN General Assembly on Saturday.
"His speech meant that the Iranian nation has a powerful and unwavering will," Khamenei added.
His declaration came as Europe's top three powers distributed a draft resolution at the UN atomic watchdog calling for Iran to be reported to the UN Security Council over potentially weapons-related nuclear fuel work. Russia has expressed his strong objection to this move.