Addressing high-ranking commanders and veterans of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in Tehran on Tuesday also once again reiterate Iran's firm and steadfast opposition to the possession, production and use of the nuclear weapons, and stressed that Tehran doesn’t pursue such weapons, not for the US pressures, but because they run counter to religious rules.
"We don’t accept nuclear weapons, not for the sake of the US or others (pressures), but because of our beliefs, and when we say that no one should have nuclear weapons, certainly we are not after them either," Ayatollah Khamenei said.
Meantime, he said Iran's foes are opposing its activity in the field of the civilian nuclear technology in a bid to hinder Iran's progress and meantime protect their monopoly over nuclear technology.
"These few states don’t want a break in their monopoly in area of the nuclear energy, yet this is not the cause of their hues and cries," Ayatollah Khamenei said, and explained that their opposition and ballyhoo against Iran's nuclear program should be realized and analyzed within the framework of the hegemonic powers' long-time, strong challenge with the Islamic Revolution.
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. Several years ago Ayatollah Khamenei issued a Fatwa (religious decree) to ban the possession, production and use of the nuclear weapons.
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 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 those sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path.
The Islamic Republic says that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of IAEA's questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.
Political observers believe that the United States has remained at loggerheads with Iran mainly over the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran's nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for the other third-world countries. Washington has laid much pressure on Iran to make it give up the most sensitive and advanced part of the technology, which is uranium enrichment, a process used for producing nuclear fuel for power plants.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei voiced confidence that the Islamic Revolution will witness a bright future thanks to Iran’s rapid scientific progress and continued efforts by the nation and government.
Addressing a group of commanders and veterans of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) here in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei lauded the great progress made by the country in different fields, including scientific, military, economic and management, saying such strides are evidence that the pressures exerted by enemies and their plots cannot hinder the nation’s move on the path of progress.
"The Iranian nation is moving forward with logic and scientific calculation, but the enemy, due to its paradoxical internal structure, is in retreat and weakness even though it may refuse to acknowledge it,” the Leader said.
"In this confrontation” Ayatollah Khamenei said "the future, naturally, belongs to the side who takes measured, calculated steps.”
The Leader further reiterated that the bright future of the Revolution is "inevitable” but its fulfillment depends on the performance of the people and government.
Supreme Leader also called on the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) to keep abreast of the ongoing developments in all fields in order to safeguard the revolution against the hegemonic powers and their affiliates.
"To protect the (Islamic) revolution, the IRGC must have sufficient and complete knowledge of the developments and streams of different arenas,” Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei stated in a meeting of the IRGC commanders and veterans here in Tehran on Tuesday.
The Leader said safeguarding the Islamic Revolution requires detailed knowledge of realities.
Ayatollah Khamenei further pointed to the ongoing plots against the Iranian nation, and said, "The hegemony system and its affiliates pursue the triple major policies of sparking wars, creating poverty and spreading corruption and Islam is opposed to all these policies, and this opposition is the basis for their challange with the (Islamic) revolution.”
He went on to say that the enemies’ antagonism towards the Iranian nation over the past 34 years originates from the same basic challenge, and added, "The nuclear issue should also be evaluated from this perspective.”
"We reject nuclear weapons not for the sake of the US, but because of our convictions, and when we say no one should have such weapons, definitely we ourselves are not after them," the Leader added.
"Of course these few countries do not want to see their monopoly on nuclear energy break up, but the fuss they are making is not because of this issue," Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding that the controversial approach of the US and some western countries towards Iran’s nuclear program should be viewed in the framework of the serious confrontation between the hegemony system and the Islamic Revolution.