Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei delivers a sermon to the crowd during Friday Prayers in Tehran, Jan 17, 2020. (AFP)

March 10, 2022

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Thursday that Tehran will not bow to pressure to reduce its defensive power, regional presence and progress in nuclear technology, Iranian state media reported.

“Suggestions to reduce our defensive power so as to appease the enemy are nothing more than naive and ill-advised. Over time, these flawed proposals have been rebutted, but if they weren’t, Iran would have now faced great threats,” the country’s top political authority said according to state media.

“Regional presence gives us strategic depth and more power,” Khamenei said.

“Why should we give it up? Scientific progress in the nuclear field is related to our future needs, and if we give that up, will anyone help us in the future?” he added.

Iran on Thursday called on the United States to drop “unacceptable proposals” in the talks on the nuclear deal, while Russia’s demands for guarantees from Washington have complicated efforts to close an agreement.


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Track Persia is a Platform run by dedicated analysts who spend much of their time researching the Middle East, in due process we fall upon many indications of growing expansionary ambitions on the part of Iran in the MENA region and the wider Islamic world. These ambitions commonly increase tensions and undermine stability.