Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei slammed Sunday the US and Britain, labelling them Tehran's main "enemies" and warning they will fail to isolate his country over its nuclear works. "Americans are at the head of the list of enemies and the British are the most awful of them," state television quoted Khamenei as saying in an address to thousands of people to mark a major Shiite ceremony.
"Americans, Zionists and other oppressive powers tried to isolate Iran for the past 30 years, but they failed and with God's help they will also fail in the future," Khamenei said, according to AFP.
"We ask them to stop lying and as we have said in the past the Iranian nation is pursuing nuclear technology and if we do not achieve it today, then tomorrow when the world economy is driven by nuclear power we will be late," he said, re-asserting that Iran's nuclear plans are peaceful. "The Iranian nation wants to achieve it so that it does not have to beg to Westerners 20 or 30 years later. But the Westerners through the false campaign are preventing us from getting it."
He also said that when the "oppressive powers fail to achieve their goal against a country through threats of military action or sanctions, then they start saying that there is a division inside that country. "We have to be careful as the enemy will launch propaganda to say that there is division."