Khamenei: Iran Won't Bow to Pressure in Nuclear Talks

Supreme Leader makes comments ahead of start of new round of high-level negotiations between Iran and world powers in Vienna.

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Ali Khamenei waves to the crowd on Noruz, Persian New Year. March 21, 2014.
Ali Khamenei waves to the crowd on Noruz, Persian New Year. March 21, 2014.Credit: AFP

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday his nation will "not bow" to pressure from world powers in nuclear talks.

Khamenei was quoted by Iran's state television as saying the world powers "should know" this. He says the Iranian nation will follow the "correct" path.

The remarks, which came ahead of the start of a new round of high-level negotiations between Tehran and six world powers in Vienna, set a high task for the Iranian negotiators.

The negotiations are aimed at reaching an agreement to limit Iran's ability to produce nuclear weapons before a July 20 deadline.

The West has long been concerned that Tehran's real aim is to produce an atomic weapon. Iran denies the charge and insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, aimed at producing electricity.

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