The enemies try to bring the Iranian people to their knees through exerting more economic pressure which needs to be controlled through vigilance of officials, Tehran's provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said, addressing a large congregation of worshippers on Tehran University Campus on Friday.
Under the current circumstances the country's most important issue is adopting suitable strategies to foil such threats, Ayatollah Jannati underscored.
His remarks came after Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said the western sanctions are not aimed at deterring Iran's nuclear progress and are rather meant to wear off the Islamic establishment.
Addressing a group of Iranian people in the country's Northeastern province on North Khorassan in October, the Leader noted the western powers' media hype about Iran, and said the western claims that Iran has left talks and negotiations is "propaganda fraud and smear campaign".
"The actual goal of those pursuing such a political propaganda formula is (making) the Iranian nation's surrender at the negotiation table," the Leader said, and addressing the western powers, added, "But, you are too small to bring the struggling, insightful and informed Iranian nation to its knees."
Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.