(Persia Digest) - Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday as long as he lives, he will never allow anybody to take even a single drop of Caspian Sea from the Iranians.

IRNA reports that addressing a gathering of Iranian expatriates in Norway, he added that Iran is currently standing on the feet of Iranians and nothing but he Iranians have kept Iran and this is hard but sweet.

Noting that Iran is a country with a population of 82 million which has experienced war and sanctions, he said that while no foreign power has supported the country, it has been standing strongly for 40 years. 

"We were under sanctions for 40 years, but the people tolerated difficulties, as we saw a 73 percent turnout of people in presidential elections," he said.

"We take our salaries from the people, but more importantly, we take our strength from the people," he said, reiterating public support for him and colleagues when they were in talks with the world powers.

"Whatever the population of 82 million gave us cannot be taken away by anybody," he said, noting that "elections are our strong point".

"Our people do not want guardians, as they are educated and dignified and can take decisions by themselves," he said.

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