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Supreme Leader: US unable to dissuade Iranians from path of independence

Tehran, Oct 29, IRNA - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said here Wednesday that the US will not be able to dissuade the Iranian nation from the path of independence, dignity and prosperity.

"The most important duty of the young generation is feeling responsible for destiny of the country. Difference between Iran and the US is far beyond difference of opinion. The US will not be able to prevent Iran from treading the path of independence and prosperity. The Iranian nation will ascend peaks of science, power, welfare and honor," said Ayatollah Khamenei.

The Supreme Leader was addressing a group of students and academics on the eve of 13th Aban (November 3), marking National Day of Campaign against Global Arrogance and anniversary of takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran by a group of students in November 1979.

The Supreme Leader said victory of the Islamic Revolution, led by Imam Khomeini, and failure of global arrogance in Iran were all due to the young generation feeling responsible for destiny of the country.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the Iranian nation's landmark victory and resistance during the eight-year (1980-88) Sacred Defense was also due to the youths feeling responsible.

"Today too, Iran and the Iranian nation are in dire need of the youth feeling responsible. The youths, who are the would-be officials and planners of the country, should try to strengthen their faith, insight and scientific awareness and capability to fulfill the heavy responsibility (of standing up to global arrogance)," said Ayatollah Khamenei.

Elsewhere in his address, Ayatollah Khamenei questioned about the reason for all problems and differences between Iran and the US and said the answer to the question lies in careful study of the issue because differences between Iran and the US are far beyond differences over certain political issues.

The Supreme Leader said following victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the US lost its main base at the heart of the Middle East, which is also the world's oil rich spot.

Iran thus turned into bastion for campaign against the US hegemony through its motto of campaign against injustice and arrogance and defense of rights of nations, added the Supreme Leader.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that once expelled from Iran, Americans started to launch espionage activities through their Embassy in Tehran against the Islamic establishment of Iran but to no avail.

"The huge movement of Muslim students following path of the late Imam (Khomeini) thwarted their conspiracy," added the Ayatollah.

The Supreme Leader advised the youth to study books containing documents obtained from the US Embassy in Tehran after its takeover and also get information on role of the Embassy in Iran both before and after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The Supreme Leader said the Iranian nation's resistance, achievements and victories have impressed Muslim nations, making them highly interested in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that Americans increased pressure on the Iranian nation to force it to give up its resolve to attain independence and dignity, thus turning it into a dependent nation and a US subordinate.

The Supreme Leader said the Iranian nation hates the US. "The reason for this is the various plots the US government has hatched against Iran and the Iranian nation for the past five years. Americans have not only refused to apologize for their acts, but have also continued with their hegemony. We are for safeguarding our identity, independence and dignity and are against fighting.

"However, anybody willing not to honor the Iranian nation's identity and independence, will have their hands cut off by the Iranian nation."

Commenting on the result of the US-Iran confrontation, Ayatollah Khamenei said propaganda apparatus of the West, especially the US, pretend that outcome of such a confrontation would be Iran's defeat and the USA's success but "that's a sheer lie because the way ends in a deadlock for the arrogant US regime. Had the US wished to defeat Iran, it would have done it when the nation was less experienced and had little scientific and military capabilities. It couldn't do so in those times and now the Iranian nation is more powerful and capable than the past. Definitely it will not be able to do that." He said today, the US government has lost its prestige and honor in the eyes of western nations and in the US too and today all the US slogans about human rights and democracy are no longer valid worldwide.

The US-style human rights in the Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo prisons and other prison cells as well as massacre of people in Afghanistan and Pakistan have come to light, said Ayatollah Khamenei.

The Supreme Leader added that the true nature of the US democracy has become known to all through its hostile attitude towards the popular government of Hamas in Palestine, forcing Iraqi popular government to sign a security deal and raising baseless charges against the Islamic Republic of Iran, whose officials have been chosen on public votes.

"Today, the US government has lost its face to the extent that wherever the US president travels, people hold demonstrations, calling for his exit," added Ayatollah Khamenei.

Noting that the Iranian nation and officials owe their success and victory to their resistance, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "This does not mean that there is no problem. The reason for all problems is failure to show resistance whenever needed. The key to public victory and unity is unity between the nation and government as well as officials."

Ayatollah Khamenei also cautioned the nation, especially the youth, politicians, officials and the press against enemy's conspiracies and said the enemy is bent on dividing the nation, pitting political groups against one another, making the youth busy with transitory desires, fomenting unrest in educational environments and making the public disappointed. "So all should be careful not to play in the ground prepared by the enemy."

The Supreme Leader said, "God willing, the Iranian nation will definitely leave behind difficulties and ascend to peaks of success."

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