Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the Iranian nation and the government are united and will not give in to any Western pressure over its peaceful nuclear program, Press TV reports.
“You see when the people and the government are one and the same and they are not two different entities and when you cannot differentiate between people and the government what does pressure mean?,” Salehi said on Saturday.
Talking to Press TV while attending the rallies marking the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Tehran, Salehi said the high public turnout in the nationwide rallies is an indication of the Iranian nation’s commitment to the values of the Islamic revolution.
“Today’s rally is a testimony to the fact that the Iranian nation stands firmly behind its revolution,” because its revolution stems from human values and the Islamic tenets, he added.
The Iranian foreign minister said the Western pressure on the Islamic Republic to abandon its civilian nuclear program will lead to nowhere.
“I think this [high public turnouts in the rallies] is a good enough message for others to understand that this nation will never ever yield to pressures from outside,” Salehi said.
Millions of Iranians staged massive rallies both at home and abroad to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.
The demonstrations kicked off in more than 1000 Iranian cities and towns as well as 5,000 villages across the country.
In the capital city, Tehran, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators headed towards the iconic Azadi (Freedom) square, where President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a speech, since early hours on Saturday.
The Iranian nation toppled the US-backed Pahlavi regime 33 years ago, ending the 2,500 years of monarchic rule in the country.
The anniversary of founder of Iran’s Islamic revolution Imam Khomeini's return to the country on February 1, 1979, marks the beginning of the 'Ten Days of Dawn' celebrations, which culminate on February 11 -- the anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution.