“A country, such as Iran, that is bestowed with energy, mines and various resources and has a critical geographical position and a population of 80 million is always pursued by the greed of other powers,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with senior members of Bushehr martyrdom foundation released on Wednesday.
“The Iranian nation is standing firmly, but the revolutionary and resistance spirit should be deeply institutionalized so that it will become the path of the next generations,” he said.
In relevant remarks in December, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined that given the US stubbornness in opposition to the removal of the sanctions against Iran, his country has no way but resistance against Washington.
“We are in sanctions conditions and it is not our fault and these conditions have been created with the provocation of the Zionists and the reactionary regimes in the region,” Rouhani said in Tehran.
“In such conditions, we do not have anyway but resistance against those that have imposed the sanctions,” he added, the agency quoted him saying