Unity, resistance keys to counter sanctions: Haddad-Adel

Iranian presidential candidate Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel has underscored the importance of national unity and resistance as the keys to render ineffective the West’s economic embargoes against Iran.

“We should join hands and prove that, as we didn’t bow to the enemy during the eight years of the [Iraqi-] imposed war, we won’t give up in this economic war either, and we will manage our lives in a way that will turn these economic sanctions and economic threats into opportunities, God willing,” Haddad-Adel said during a Thursday campaign speech in Tehran.

“The latest plot that the enemies have hatched is the [imposition of] economic sanctions. They’ve imposed sanctions on oil, on the Central Bank [of Iran], on money transactions, on marine transportation, on insurance. They did whatever they could to place the [Iranian] nation under economic pressure,” Haddad-Adel added.

“Now, God willing, the nation should pass through this phase with economic resistance and an economy of resistance,” he said.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. Over the false allegation, Washington and the European Union have imposed a series of illegal unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Iran rejects the unfounded allegation over its nuclear energy program, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

“We should know that by imposing sanctions, they want to tire the Iranian nation and try their patience, [make] the nation give up the [Islamic] Revolution, and give up independence and they want to drive a wedge between the nation and the [Islamic] establishment,” Haddad-Adel noted.

“Our nation’s response to the enemies that seek to take away our independence through economic sanctions, and regain domination over us and, like other countries, make our Iran the target of their plots and sow discord among us… is that we will not allow them to subject us to humiliation,” he said.

“Whatever it takes, we will both maintain our independence and, God willing, weather the economic embargoes,” the presidential candidate added.

In Iran’s June 14 presidential election, Haddad-Adel will be competing against Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili; Hassan Rohani, the director of the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council; Secretary of the Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei; former First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Aref; Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf; former Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Velayati; and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi.

By Press TV


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