Iran's Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday said that the people and their officials will do their best to defend their rights and interests by maintaining unity and relying on the "grace of God Almighty."
Speaking to thousands of pilgrims at the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS), Ayatollah Khamenei said that the coincidence of Norouz and Arbayeen, the 40th day of the mourning period of Imam Hossein's (AS) martyrdom, gives the new Iranian year special significance.
Welcoming the new Iranian year, he said has been designated as `Year of the Holy Prophet (PBUH)', IRNA reported.
Further in his speech, Ayatollah Khamenei referred to recent issues raised by the US against Iran on human rights, democracy, nuclear energy and terrorism, and said what Washington actually wants is that the Iranian nation submit to its economic, political and cultural hegemony and have a say in the choice of Iranian officials that will administer the country's affairs.
The Supreme Leader said that US strategy of dealing with Iran characterized by the use of threats, bullying, psychological propaganda, creating discord, doubt, hopelessness and insecurity, imposing pressure on officials are all doomed to fail due to the vigilance and unity of the nation and government.
Turning to the US threat of possible sanctions that may be imposed on Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei said that what Iran has so far achieved in the domains of science, medicine, military and industries have all been made at a time when Iran was under sanctions, and added that there was no need for the nation to panic.
In concluding remarks, the Supreme Leader referred to the current nuclear dispute, and said what the enemies desire is to deny the Iranian nation the right to access nuclear technology because this will make the country even more powerful and further defeat their hegemonic ambitions.
"If the nation does not vindicate its right to nuclear energy today it will be left behind dozens of years in terms of development," he noted.
"With the world gradually running out of oil reserves, all countries, including the US and Europe, need new, cleaner sources of energy and, in particular, nuclear energy, which is what the whole world is after. We, too, insist that access to the nuclear fuel cycle and technology be recognized for the Iranian nation. Therefore, we will not surrender our rights and will not allow the US to bully us," added the Iranian leader.