Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a cabinet meeting in Tehran on October 5, 2013.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has expressed gratitude to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei for supporting the recent diplomatic approach adopted by the administration.
At a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Sunday, Rouhani thanked Ayatollah Khamenei for backing his administration’s foreign diplomacy, ISNA reported.
“In its moving forward, the administration will tread based on national interests and the Leader’s guidelines,” President Rouhani said.
He added that the government will “defend the nuclear rights of the Iranian nation with all its power and will not spare any effort to remove cruel sanctions” against the Iranian people.
Speaking at a Saturday ceremony in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “We support the government’s diplomatic drive, including the New York trip, because we trust the administration, which is dedicated to serving [the people], and we are optimistic about it.”
“However, some of the things that happened during the New York trip were not appropriate, because we believe the US government is untrustworthy, arrogant and irrational, and one that reneges on its promises,” the Leader added.
The United States, Israel and some of their allies falsely claim that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with the US and the European Union using the unfounded allegation as a pretext to impose illegal sanctions on Iran.
Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran's civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.