NewsCode : 184674 | Date: 4/28/2013 | Time: 12:18 AM | Service: Politics - Politics

Supreme Leader Warns of Enemies' Plots to Dissuade People from Voting

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that enemy states are exercising plots to discourage the Iranian nation from participating in the upcoming presidential election, but to no avail.

'After long years of clash and hostility, the-behind-stage plotters of the arrogant powers have not yet come to know the Iranian nation and its faith and spirit of resistance,' Ayatollah Khamenei said on Saturday, warning that the ill-wishers are seeking to wear off massive public turnout in the June presidential election to stop the 'political epic' that Iranian nation plans to stage this year.

'Political Epic' is a reference to the name of the new Iranian year. In a televised address on the occasion of the Iranian New Year, the Leader named 1392 (March 21, 2013 - March 20, 2014) as the Year of Political Epic and Economic Epic.

Also during his address to thousands of Iranian workers on the occasion of the 'Labors Day' on Saturday, Ayatollah Khamenei said that the presidential election is a typical instance of the 'political epic', and ensured that the voting 'will be held in due time and with the enthusiastic presence of people.'

Meantime, Ayatollah Khamenei cautioned that enemies of the country also aim to prevent the Iranian nation from staging an 'economic epic' through increased pressures and sanctions on the nation.

'They are trying to create a gap between the people and the Islamic establishment through political pressures in a move to disappoint the people, and at the same time lie and boldly say that they are not the enemies of the Iranian people.'

The Leader underlined that the Iranian nation and government will disappoint the enemies and defuse all their plots against Iran's economy through their strong will and resolve.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions and the western embargos for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed West's demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path.

Tehran has repeatedly said that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)'s questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.