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Khamenei Says Iran Must 'Immunize' Against Sanctions, Cannot Trust U.S. 'Enemy'

January 07, 2015

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says the country should 'immunize' itself against international sanctions.

Addressing a crowd at his residence in the Iranian capital on January 7, Khamenei kept up a confrontational stance as Iran and world powers are to resume negotiations over Iran's nuclear program on January 18.

'What would you do if they set a condition for lifting the sanctions that would compromise your [national] pride?' he said. 'No official would accept it. Efforts must be made to immunize Iran against the sanctions.'

The United Nations and Western countries, fearing Iran wants to build a nuclear bomb, have imposed sanctions that have harmed the country's economy.

Iranian officials have called for the adoption of a 'resistance economy' with less reliance on imports.

Tehran and six world powers are to resume negotiations over Iran's nuclear program on January 18.

After years of talks, Tehran and the so-called P5+1 group have set a new July 1 deadline for a deal to rein in Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

'I am not against the nuclear talks,' Khamenei said, but he added that Iran 'cannot trust an enemy like America.'

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/khamenei-says-iran-must-immunize-itself-against-sanctions/26781381.html

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