(TEHRAN, Iran) — Day to day, Iran’s economy grows weaker because of sanctions imposed by the West meant to bring Tehran back to the bargaining table about possibly suspending its rogue nuclear program.
However, even a decision by the European Union earlier in the week to toughen the penalties hasn’t dimmed Iran’s resolve to keep enriching uranium, a key step to developing nuclear weapons.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said as much during a fiery speech Tuesday on Iranian state TV.
Khamenei told Iranians that their country’s enemies keep “saying pressure against Iran is aimed at forcing the Islamic republic to return to the negotiating table” about the nuclear program.
However, the ayatollah alleged “Their real objective is (forcing) the Iranian nation to surrender to their bullying at the negotiating table.”
Khamenei said the U.S., Israel and the West would ultimately fail “to bring Iran to its knees.”
Meanwhile, Iran’s currency has been devalued so much that citizens need large wads of cash to make the smallest purchases. On top of that, Iranian banking authorities may no longer be able to print enough money.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN