Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that the US will not be able to dissuade the Iranian nation from the path of independence, dignity and prosperity. "The most important duty of the young generation is feeling responsible for destiny of the country. Difference between Iran and the US is far beyond difference of opinion. The US will not be able to prevent Iran from treading the path of independence and prosperity. The Iranian nation will ascend peaks of science, power, welfare and honor," said Khamenei.
Elsewhere in his address, Ayatollah Khamenei questioned about the reason for all problems and differences between Iran and the US and said the answer to the question lies in careful study of the issue because differences between Iran and the US are far beyond differences over certain political issues. According to IRNA, he said following victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the US lost its main base at the heart of the Middle East, which is also the world's oil rich spot.
Iran thus turned into bastion for campaign against the US hegemony through its motto of campaign against injustice and arrogance and defense of rights of nations, added the Iranian leader.
Ayatollah Khamenei said that once expelled from Iran, Americans started to launch espionage activities through their Embassy in Tehran against the Islamic establishment of Iran but to no avail. "The huge movement of Muslim students following path of the late Imam (Khomeini) thwarted their conspiracy," added the Ayatollah.
He said the Iranian nation hates the US. "The reason for this is the various plots the US government has hatched against Iran and the Iranian nation for the past five years. Americans have not only refused to apologize for their acts, but have also continued with their hegemony. We are for safeguarding our identity, independence and dignity and are against fighting.
"However, anybody willing not to honor the Iranian nation's identity and independence, will have their hands cut off by the Iranian nation."