Velayati: Iran to stick to its fundamental values despite US threats
Supreme Leader's Consultant in International Affairs Ali-Akbar Velayati said on Monday Islamic Republic of Iran would stick to its fundamental values in confrontation with US threats.
According to IRNA correspondent in Damascus, the former Iranian foreign minister made the comment on the third and last day of his visit of Syria at a press conference at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Syria in response to a question on Iran's possible reactions in the face of the mounting US threats.
He added, "If the United States is after urging Iran to abandon its fundamental values, it is making a dire mistake."
Velayati added in the interview in the presence of Iran's Ambassador to Syria Seyyed Ahmad Mousavi, "The Islamic Republic of Iran despite these threats, which are a part of the launched psychological war (against our country), continues its efforts aimed at strengthening the foundations of the country's independence and development."
The veteran politician said, "Iran also continues strengthening the foundations of regional cooperation and broadening ties with its neighbors, even though the Americans might be opposed to the idea."
Pointing out that the main objective of his visits of Lebanon and Syria was accepting the invitation of a number of the Beirut-based Islamic world private radio television stations, Velayati reiterated, "The Islamic Revolution's 31-year experience has proved that the sanctions leave no effect on the progressing process of Iran's peaceful nuclear program, that is pursued under the supervision of the UN nuclear watchdog and in the framework of the nuclear-NPT rules and regulations."
The Supreme Leader's consultant in international affairs added, "Despite all these points, Iran has besides its concerns regarding the type of negotiations and the participating sides in them, never abandoned the fundamental of talking on the nuclear issue."
Velayati meanwhile in his press conference in Damascus evaluated his meeting during the past two days with the Syrian President, Prime Minister, and Minister of Foreign Affairs as "Very positive and constructive."