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    In this picture released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a meeting with government officials in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    Enemies Can't Be Trusted, Tehran Won't Yield to Foreign Pressure - Iran's Leader

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    Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei said that enemies have staged economic and psychological warfare against Iran to bring the country to its knees, according to state TV.

    Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei is addressing people in the Mausoleum of Ruhollah Khomeini.

    He warned of the country's harsh response if attacked by its enemies, saying that Iran’s ballistic missile program is essential for its defense, despite Western demands to curb it.

    "Tehran will attack ten times more if attacked by our enemies… Our enemies don't want an independent Iran in the region… We will continue our support to oppressed nations… our enemies have engaged in economic and psychological warfare against us and the new American sanctions are part of it," Khamenei said in a speech, broadcast live on state TV.

    According to Khamenei, imposing limits on Iran's missile development is a dream that will not come true.

    The leader has called on Arab youth to stand against US pressure, saying that some Arab countries are acting like their own peoples’ enemies, state TV reported.

    "Young Arabs, you should take action and the initiative to control your own future… Some regional countries act like their own peoples’ enemies… We will continue to back oppressed nations and resistance forces in the region," Khamenei said in his speech.

    Earlier, after Trump decided to withdraw from the nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions on Tehran, Ali Khamenei demanded that the European Union issue a resolution condemning the US move and urged the bloc to confront the imposition of any US sanctions.

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