President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared Saturday that Iran would not bow to US pressure to roll back its nuclear program, state television reported.
"The US has already sanctioned Iran in different fields for the past 27 years. But Iran stood firm," the channel quoted him as saying at the University of Teheran at a ceremony to mark the start of the academic year.
Iran's hardline president urged the West to give up "forever" attempts to make Teheran abandon its nuclear program. He accused the United Sates and its European allies were trying to halt progress in Iran by calling for the suspension of enrichment.
Iran violated a United Nations demand that it halt uranium enrichment Aug. 31, opening the way for international sanctions.