The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran must make the necessary arrangements to reach 190,000 SWU in the framework provided by the JCPOA and must begin some other preparations that Mr. president has ordered as soon as tomorrow."
Ayatollah Khamenei made the comment at a ceremony in commemoration of the 29th anniversary of Imam Khomeini’s (RA) passing.
In his opening remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei stated: "Thirty years have passed since we’ve been speaking of Imam Khomeini on this day. Our nation will continue to speak of Imam Khomeini: this is appropriate because Imam Khomeini is the symbol of our great revolution. This country wouldn’t have achieved its exceptional goals and dreams without the powerful engine that kept our revolution going."
He reminded the audience of this day’s significance by comparing two great religious icons that have inspired many others throughout the world and history: "This year, the coincidence [of the demise anniversary of Imam Khomeini (RA)] with the day of the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Ali (AS) reminds us of some similarities. There are similarities between the truthful, genuine believer, Imam Ali (AS), and the great, honored leader [Imam Khomeini (RA)] that make the Iranian nation and the Islamic Ummah proud. Attending to these similarities are important and useful for discovering the right path and for getting to know our great Imam (RA) better."
Elaborating further on the similarities between Imam Ali (AS) and the late Ayatollah Khomeini (RA) the Leader of the Revolution stated: “Attending to these similarities are important and useful for finding the right path, and also for better knowing our great Imam (RA).”
He reminded the audience of where a very important feature, of aiding those in need, arose from in society: “One similarity between Imam Khomeini (RA) and Imam Ali (AS) represents two apparently opposite features: rigidity and resistance as well as being pathetic and kind. These two existed in Imam Ali (AS) at its utmost quality and degree. He was rigid and stern toward any movement against the truth, toward oppression and the oppressors, deviation from the path of God, rebellion, and seduction.”
The Leader of the Revolution continued, “Imam Ali (AS) stood before these with such rigidity and sturdiness, unique in the history so far. At the same time, he was sympathetic and tender while in the state of remembering God on one hand, and in contact with the oppressed, the underprivileged and the weak, on the other hand.”
“These two contradictory features are also visible in the personality of Imam Khomeini (RA). He was rigid, sturdy and firm before the oppressors and wrongful acts: before the corrupt and tyrannical Pahlavi Regime, he stood like a strong cliff; before the US, he stood like a mountain; before threats, before the invader Saddam, during the imposed eight-year war, before the internal conspiracies, even before his old disciple, old companion, he stood for his inappropriate behavior; and he was open and straightforward,” said Ayatollah Khomeini.
Ayatollah Khamenei also mentioned three more valuable qualities that were apparent in both of these great, religious personalities celebrated and honored today: “The second similarity between Imam Khomeini (RA) and Imam Ali (AS) lies in the remarkable personality of Imam Ali (AS). Three seemingly contradictory features coexist in Imam Ali (AS): Imam Ali (AS) is a strong, powerful, and a sovereign man; at the same time, he is decent; and at the same time, he is the final victor in various events. The three features also existed in our Imam Khomeini (RA). He was a strong and sovereign man; he managed to overturn the tyrannical, hereditary dictatorship after two thousand years: this requires a lot of strength. He managed to defeat and repel the US, which had defined crucial resources for themselves in our country.”
Touching on the topic of the JCPOA, the Leader of the Revolution confirmed Iran's commitment, while expecting the same commitment and guarantees from the West: "The West's dream regarding the JCPOA will not come true, and the Iranian nation and government will not tolerate being under sanctions, while limited in the nuclear field. The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran must make the necessary arrangements to reach 190,000 SWU in the framework provided by the JCPOA, and it must begin some other preparations that Mr. President has ordered effective tomorrow."
He further asserted that the West targeted Iran's defensive capabilities -- through means of psychological pressure on the Iranian people -- which he referred to as the country's strong points when stating: "By using psychological pressure, they've targeted Islamic Republic's strong points--which they introduce as challenging points to make the Iranian nation disappointed in those strong points. These points of strength include prideful progress of nuclear technology & missile power."
“We have the foremost missile defense power in the region, and that missile program guarantees our security!” said Iran’s top leader. “The enemy must know, if they strike us just once, we will strike back ten times fold!”