US wants to restore its hold on Iran

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TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei Sunday said the US seeks to restore over Iran the hegemony and influence that Washington exerted during the reign of the regime that was toppled by the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

“They (the Americans) are moving in this direction in a bid to be able to reinstate their previous hegemony,” Ayatollah Khamenei told a large crowd of pilgrims in the holy city of Mashhad on the first day of Persian New Year on Sunday.  

He said Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution liberated the nation of Washington’s deep-rooted grip, adding that Iranians proved that it is possible to stand up to the US. He said the revolution handed the country back to the nation, its true owners.

Before the revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei said, that US used to plunder Iran’s riches and the ousted Pahlavi regime was the main base of the UK and the US in the region.

The Leader reiterated that the Iranian nation has no issues with the American people but the US administration is the enemy of Iran.

Pointing to Iran’s nuclear agreement with the P5+1 group of countries, Khamenei said the other side, under various pretexts and through deception, is not fully implementing its side of the deal such as removing all obstacles to Iran’s banking transactions or unfreezing the country’s assets abroad.

The Leader said the West seeks to instill and propagate the notion that Iranians must either bow to the demands of the US or suffer the consequences. Ayatollah Khamenei warned that submission to the wishes of the US is tantamount to backing down from one’s stances and a loss of independence. 

Ayatollah Khamenei said the West would like the Iranians to back down from its demands such as on the issue of Palestine and turn into what the US would like it to be and like some regional states be reconciled with “the Zionist enemy.”

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