Jul 12, 2020 10:36 UTC
  • US admits the failure of sanctions against Iran: Leader

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei highlighted Iran’s power to overcome economic problems, saying even the enemies admit that the sanctions and pressures against Iran have ended in failure.

Addressing lawmakers at parliament in a video conference call Sunday, the Leader likened country’s economic woes to an “illness”, adding, “Thanks to its strong stamina and defense power, the country is undoubtedly capable of defeating this illness, as the enemies also admit today that they have failed to achieve their anti-Iranian objectives in spite of the harshest sanctions and all-out pressures.”

“Creating thousands of knowledge-based firms, implementing hundreds of infrastructural projects, the continuous use of new plans and amazing advances in the military and space industries are the result of using just a ‘part’ of the country’s vast potential. This should increase,” Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized.

“Part of the existing problems stems from the negligence of some current and former officials. If the spirit of national self-reliance and self-confidence grows, particularly among the youth, and false hopes for outside our borders lessens, I am sure economic problems will be resolved,” the Leader stressed.

“The 11th Majlis (Parliament) is among the most powerful and most revolutionary ones since the Revolution. The presence of motivated, faithful, educated, effective youth along with a number of managers who have good executive experience has made this Majlis a very good and promising one,” the Leader further said.

“It is important for the Majlis to attend to the main issues of the country and avoid side issues. In this situation, the main issues about the economy are: production, employment, curbing inflation, managing the monetary and financial system, and the economy's independence from oil.”

Ayatollah Khamenei also referred to “the society, the issues of housing, the marriage of the youth and ways to facilitate it, the fertility rate and preventing the country from moving toward an aging population, and managing cyberspace in the short and long term” as being among the main issues of the country.

“It is the duty of all officials to have unity and harmony against the massive front of the raving enemies. Today, the enemy's front, the most vicious and shameful part of which is the US government, is using all its power to bring strong Iran to its knees.” 

The Leader also expressed deep regret over a spike in coronavirus infections, calling on Iranians to fully adhere to health guidelines in a bid to break the chain of the outbreak.

Addressing lawmakers at Iran's parliament in a video conference call Sunday, the Leader described the resurgence of virus cases and daily deaths as a "bitter reality" even as he praised the medical personnel for their sacrifices.

Referring to the fact that the country is moving away from its initial success in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, Ayatollah Khamenei urged government institutions, aid groups, and the entire nation to "play their role in the best way so that we can break the infection chain in the short term and lead the country to the shore of safety."