Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei says the recent developments in New York indicated that the U.S. policy of maximum pressure against Iran has failed.
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“They thought Iran would be forced to show flexibility if they concentrate their maximum pressure policy on Iran; however, they have so far realized that the policy has made troubles for themselves,” the Leader said on Wednesday in a meeting with top IRGC commanders.
“They even begged for a meeting with our president and sent their European friends as mediators, but they failed at last, and this policy will fail until the end,” he added.
In his Wednesday remarks, the Leader also referred to the nuclear issue, and said Iran will seriously pursue reduction of its commitments.
“The Government should precisely, thoroughly pursue that until we reach the desired results—and we will certainly by the Grace of God achieve the desired outcomes,” the Leader said.
Elsewhere in his comments, the Leader said the U.S. spent billions to arm ISIS. They continue to support them and when ISIS is surrounded, the U.S. flies its helicopters to open ways for ISIS members to escape.
“The head of a country told me they could clearly observe through satellites that ISIS forces sold oil while backed by U.S.,” he added.
“The U.S. president said they spent $7 trillion in West Asia without achieving anything. Know that, the more our enemies spend, the more they face losses,” he noted.
“How much did YOU spend in Afghanistan and still face losses? How about Syria and Iraq? They say, ‘we destroyed ISIS.’ What on earth?! You didn’t destroy, you created it and Syrian, Iraqi, Lebanese, and Iranian youths destroyed it,” he added.
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution also elaborated on Iran’s growing domestic capabilities to overcome economic challenges and said, “In the face of hostility to our economy, we sought and found remedies in the light of domestic capabilities. As you can view now, some had previously predicted that the year 2019 will be a bad year in terms of economic problems, nevertheless, now the officials in the country are saying that we have had some slight economic growth in this year.”
He went in to assert, “Of course, people have difficulties in their livelihoods, but if the authorities continue to act strongly, reasonably and persistently, it will surely have a gradual impact on people’s lives and livelihoods.”
At the end of the meeting, tapping on the challenges facing Iran’s oil sale due to illegal sanctions imposed on the country, Imam Khamenei maintained: The sanctions imposed on oil sales, which is increasingly focused on in the Maximum Pressure policy, is a short-term problem for the country because, in the long run, it has the benefit of breaking the reliance on oil revenues. This tactical pressure helps us strategically.