Negotiations Led to No Result ; Country Can Nullify Sanctions
IRAN NEWS NATIONAL DESK
TEHRAN – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the collective effort, and innovation are the keys to ward off the impacts of the cruel sanctions against the Iranian nation.
“The country’s economic problem is not about not having or not knowing what approach to take. Rather, that which is required is diligence, courage, serious effort, and follow-up,” the Leader said while addressing a session of the members of the Supreme Council of Economic Coordination on Tuesday.
He called on the Iranian officials to concentrate efforts on thwarting and overcoming the sanctions instead of seeking their removal, pointing to the unsuccessful outcome of years of negotiations for lifting the sanctions.
There are two ways in warding off the impacts of the cruel sanctions, namely “neutralizing and overcoming them” and “lifting them”, he said, adding, “Of course, we tried the path of lifting sanctions once and negotiated for several years, but we did not reach a conclusion.”
The Leader, then, referred to the path of overcoming and nullifying sanctions and making them ineffective, and said, “This path may have difficulties and problems at the beginning, but it has a happy ending.”
“If we overcome the sanctions with effort and innovation and protect ourselves against the problems, the other side will see its sanctions ineffective, and will gradually lift the sanctions.”
Ayatollah Khamenei, elsewhere in his remarks, highlighted the importance of self-reliance and the use of domestic capabilities, instead of hoping for external assistance, saying that some are hoping for a change of position from foreign governments that themselves are grappled with their own domestic challenges.
Ayatollah Khamenei also referred to recent anti-Iran claims by three European countries and said, ”The situation of the United States is not clear and the Europeans are constantly taking a stand against Iran.”
“They tell us not to interfere in the region, while they themselves have the falsest interference in the affairs of the regional countries.”
He added, “While Britain and France have destructive nuclear missiles and Germany is on this path, they tell us not to have missiles.”
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the Europeans keep taking positions against Iran while they themselves are making the most incorrect interference in regional issues.
“Our missile program and our region are none of your business,” said the Leader, addressing the E3 leaders.
“They keep telling us not to meddle in the region while Britain and France possess destructive atomic missiles, and Germany is one the same path,” said Ayatollah Khamenei.
The Leader also warned the Iranian officials that foreigners cannot be trusted.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Leader described anti-Iran sanctions as a crime.
“The issue of sanctions is a bitter reality and a crime committed by the US and its European partners against the Iranian nation,” he explained.
“This crime has been committed against the Iranian nation for years, but it has intensified over the past three years,” he noted.
Ayatollah Khamenei urged people to continue their resistance against sanctions.
“If we can overcome sanctions by making efforts and taking initiatives and standing up to problems, and the other side sees that sanctions have become ineffective, they will gradually give up on sanctions,” he said.