Supreme Leader Says, Iran Stronger Than Ever

Tehran: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei said on Friday that Tehran wanted to see action, not promises, to revive Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers.

"I have told our negotiators that actions, not promises, are needed for the restoration of the nuclear deal," Mr Khamenei said in a televised speech to mark the 32nd anniversary of the death of his predecessor, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Iran and global powers have been in talks since early April to bring the United States back into the pact and return Tehran to full compliance with the deal.

The Leader emphasised that the key to the Islamic Republic's permanency is in the two words: "Islamic" & "Republic.

“From the first day of the revolution, the ill-wishers and those who could not digest and tolerate this great phenomenon, both inside and outside the country, said that the Islamic Republic would not last for another two months, six months or a year. I do not remember so many predictions of decay and collapse to have been made about any other system," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Leader said despite many successive political, security, economic obstacles created for Iran, “the Islamic Republic today is more developed than 40 years ago and is ahead in all respects by the grace of God.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said Imam Khomeini’s outstanding initiative was that he created and introduced the idea of the Islamic Republic and then realised it.

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