This week’s Friday preacher Kazem Seddiqui stated that it is an illusion to think that because of heavy sanctions Iran has bowed down to negotiations.
He exclaimed "Let the world and the negotiators know that the Iranian nation is bold and strong and will not back down from its dignity as much as one inch for food or for economic problems. "
"Of course we do not disdain negotiations, but the illusion that the people of Iran have given way to negotiations because of the sanctions is a perverted illusion,” he asserted.
Pointing to recent statements by US officials Seddiqui said "The decent behavior of some insiders, along with an atmosphere poisoned by some beguiled entities, lead the enemy astray to grow so rude and presumptuous to see the Iranian nation as their doormat; yet with our own money of which a little returned. Yet the Iranian people gave this world-devouring monster which feeds on our money and that of others a crushing response.”
The Friday preacher also commemorated the anniversary of Khomeini’s fatwa denouncing Salman Rushdie as heretic.