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Iran will not succumb to hegemons’ pressure: Leader
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep3(55).jpgTEHRAN -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said that Iran will not succumb to the pressure being exerted on it by the hegemonistic powers. 
“Over the past 33 years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been facing a vast range of pressures, including political, security, and military ones, and the sanctions, but the Iranian nation has not only neutralized these pressures through their perseverance but has also become stronger,” Ayatollah Khamenei stated during a meeting with a large number of the country’s intellectuals, which was held in Tehran on Wednesday.
He added, “The assumption that the reason for the hegemonistic front’s hostility toward the Iranian nation is the adoption of certain stances or decisions is wrong. The main reason for all these pressures is the independent status of the Iranian nation and the fact that it is not bowing down to the hegemonistic system.” 
The enemy is exerting pressure on the Iranian nation to compel it to surrender, the Leader said, adding, “The Iranian nation has never succumbed and will not (succumb) to the pressures, and this issue is the reason for the enemy’s ire.”   
He also stated, “The Iranian nation, through reliance on the rich natural and human resources that it has, will negotiate difficult defiles and difficult passages, and, with the grace of God, it will reach the summit of felicity in the world and the hereafter and peace and tranquility.”   
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Leader addressed the country’s intellectuals and advised them to make a proper appraisal of the country’s status, the potential and the strong points of the Islamic system, and the enemy’s pressure and failures.  
Iran is “lagging” in scientific progress due to the reign of certain subservient and ignorant rulers, Ayatollah Khamenei said, noting, “The large scientific gap with the world and the existence of relatively strong rivals in the region are the realities that redouble the necessity of continuing the rapid scientific progress until reaching a point commensurate with the dignity and status of the Iranian nation.”  
He added that steady scientific progress requires that the country’s young people redouble their efforts and not become intimidated by the scientific progress of Western countries.  

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