Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has reconfirmed his commitment to continuing Iran’s nuclear programme. The comments came in a speech made on the anniversary of the country’s Islamic Revolution 32 years ago. Despite the rain, he was cheered on by huge crowds in Azadi Square.
“Iran does not need world powers to complete its nuclear programme,” he said. The crowds responded with the traditional cries of “Death to America!” “Death to the UK” and “Death to Israel!”
People waved placards carrying portraits of the country’s “supreme leader” Ayatollah Khamenei and the founder of the Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini. Meanwhile, opposition leader Medhi Karoubi remains under house arrest and his family are banned from visiting him. The move follows Karoubi’s calls for demonstrations in support of the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.