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Supreme Leader: US, Powers' Pressures Unable to Cripple Iran

Politics - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined that the Iranians' national potentials and unity won't allow the US and other world powers to cripple the country.

"If we activate domestic potentials and concentrate on internal capabilities, the US and other powers won't be able to take any wrong action, military or non-military, and won't be able to cripple the Iranian nation with pressures," Ayatollah Khamenei said in Tehran on Tuesday, addressing a large number of people from the western province of Ilam.

"The powers should know that the Iranian nation cannot be brought to its knees since it’s a lively nation and its youth are moving on the right path," he added.

His remarks came on the even of a new round of talks between Iran and the world powers.

Iran and the six world powers had two days of negotiations in Vienna on April 8 and 9. The talks were headed by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi and EU foreign policy deputy chief Helga Schmidt.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry in a statement on April 8 reiterated that its team of negotiators would not discuss any topic but the country's nuclear standoff with the West in its talks with the six world powers.
The talks between Tehran and the G5+1 are part of efforts to seal a final deal on Iran’s nuclear energy program.

Iran and the G5+1 representatives had several sessions of talks in Vienna on March 18-19 too. Following the breakthrough interim agreement between Iran and the six powers, the two sides accepted to send their senior negotiating teams to monthly meetings to discuss a final and comprehensive deal until July. If the seven nations fail to agree on a final deal by then, the Geneva interim agreement will be extended for another 6 months.

On November 24, Iran and the Group 5+1 sealed a six-month Joint Plan of Action to lay the groundwork for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over the latter's nuclear energy program.

In exchange for Tehran’s confidence-building bid to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the sextet of the world powers agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions against Tehran and impose no nuclear-related sanctions on Iran during the six-month period.
 

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