Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described the notion that his country was trying to develop a nuclear weapon as a "myth" fabricated by the United States to portray Iran as a "threat".
In remarks to mark Iran's annual Army Day yesterday, Khamenei renewed his support for Iran's negotiations with the six world powers over Iran nuclear program, but he reiterated his lack of confidence in the United States.
"They fabricated the nuclear weapons myth to say that the Islamic Republic is a threat," Khamenei said, adding "No! The threat is the US."
The Supreme Leader accused the US and Israel of acting without any checks and of meddling in any place they find necessary.
"The other side rudely threatens us with military action constantly. And it goes further, saying the Islamic Republic shouldn't have defensive capability," he added.
Iran and six world powers reached a framework agreement on Iran's nuclear programme earlier this month and are scheduled to resume talks this week in Vienna.
In his speech, Khamenei also criticised US support for the Saudi-led military operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen.
"Today these tragic events are happening in Yemen and the Americans are supporting the oppressor," he said.
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