Iran's supreme leader threatens to withhold gas unless sanctions lifted

# 19 February 2015 11:17 (UTC +04:00)

Baku. Malahat Najafova – APA. Iran's supreme leader warned Wednesday that Western sanctions are unlikely to be lifted even in the event of a nuclear deal with six foreign powers because the West opposes the fundamental principles of the country's Islamic revolution, APA reported citing LA Times.

In a speech to economists and officials from the western city of Tabriz, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei cast doubt on the likelihood of success in the decade-long negotiation over Iran's nuclear capabilities and threatened to play his own sanctions card if the restraints on the Iranian economy aren't lifted.

"The enemy is going to use the weapon of sanctions to the hilt because their goal is to stop the progress of our people," Khamenei was quoted as saying by the official Islamic Republic News Agency. "Even if we were to allow them to dictate to us on the nuclear issue, the sanctions will not be lifted because they are against the foundational principles of the revolution."

"If their intent is to retain sanctions, the Iranian nation can go that route as well," the supreme religious leader said in his address in Tehran. "Iran has the world's most gas and oil, and if need be Iran can hold back gas that Europe and the world is so dependent on,” Khamenei noted.

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