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Iran defiant, even against big powers' anger: Leader

Published on Sep 19, 2012 3:09 PM

TEHERAN (AFP) - Iran will never bend to pressure exerted by the world's big powers, even if they become "angry" at its defiance, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech published on his official website on Wednesday.

The Islamic republic "does not accept the demands of any superpower," he told an audience of military personnel and their families in the speech delivered on Tuesday in northern Iran, according to his website,

Iran, he said, "makes its decisions solely based on the interests of its people and the country, even if all of the world's powers get angry at its decisions." Ayatollah Khamenei also accused Western and Israeli media of playing up the pain of sanctions against his country's economy and urged Iranians to ignore such reports.

"Drawing a black and dark picture of the country's situation is the known method of Western and Zionist media aimed at halting the Iranian nation's path," he said.

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