TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says his country will continue resisting U.S. economic and political pressure on his country.
Khamenei spoke Tuesday on the anniversary of the death of Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic, in Khomeini’s mausoleum.
Without referring to the U.S. by name, Khamenei said “standing and resisting the enemy’s excessive demands and bulling is the only way to stop him.”
Khamenei added: “Resistance has a cost, but the cost of surrendering to the enemy is higher.”
Last year, the U.S. withdrew from a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and re-imposed sanctions.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. is willing to talk with Iran “with no preconditions.” Iran says the U.S. must return to the deal first.