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Iran won’t be brought to knees on nuclear issue: Khamenei

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that Iran would not sink “to its knees” over its disputed nuclear programme, his first comment since a missed deadline for a deal.

world Updated: Nov 25, 2014 23:58 IST

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that Iran would not sink “to its knees” over its disputed nuclear programme, his first comment since a missed deadline for a deal.

“In the # nuclear issue, arrogants have made their best to bring # Iran to its knees but they were not able and will not be able to do so,” a tweet on his @khamenei_ir account said.

Iranian officials often refer to Western governments as arrogants. Iran and world powers announced Monday that talks on a comprehensive nuclear agreement had been inconclusive and would be extended until June 30 next year. As Iran’s supreme guide, Khamenei has the final word on policy matters — foreign and domestic — and thus a decision on a nuclear deal with the five UN Security Council permanent members — Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States — plus Germany is his to make.

The merit of nuclear talks with the West — aimed at ensuring Iran can never develop an atomic bomb — is hotly contested in Iran. President Hassan Rouhani relaunched the negotiations last year seeking to lift sanctions and bring about a revival in the country’s ravaged economy.
However, hardliners are sceptical of the talks, saying they have prompted too many concessions on the nuclear programme.