Iran says it won’t bow to western threats

May 5th, 2008 - 5:13 pm ICT by admin  

Tehran, May 5 (IANS) Iran has said it would not give in to the West’s economic sanctions and would chart its own path to development, IRNA reported Monday. “We will continue on our path and will not allow the oppressors to trample upon the nation’s rights,” Iranian leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Sunday.

The Ayatollah’s remarks came in the wake of an offer worked out Friday by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council that proposed technical assistance to Tehran if it gives up its uranium enrichment plan.

“Threats will not force the Iranian nation to surrender,” Khamenei told a large gathering at Nourabad Mamaani in Fars province.

The Iranian leader, who constitutionally has the final say in state matters, called on officials to work out a national strategy and people-oriented economic plan to neutralise the impact of western economic sanctions.

He said the country’s human and material resources should be used optimally to attain economic prosperity.

“Our enemies assume that by masterminding economic sanctions they can bring our nations to its knees but to no avail,” the Ayatollah said.

DPA added : Iran said Monday it would not change its nuclear course despite an updated incentive offer by world powers to persuade Tehran to suspend its uranium enrichment programme.

“We have several times made clear that there will be no change in our (nuclear) course,” foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said in a press briefing in Tehran.

The US and some western nations say Iran has been developing nuclear weapons in the guise of a civilian nuclear plan. Tehran has persistently rejected the Western allegation.

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