US will fail in economic war against Iran: Haddad-Adel

Principlist candidate Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel addresses people in the holy city of Qom on June 4, 2013.

Iranian presidential candidate Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel says the US economic war against Iran is doomed to failure due to the Iranian nation’s economic resistance.

“The Americans are willing to pretend that they have been successful in [exerting] economic pressure on Iran. We believe that they have not achieved even one-tenth of what they wanted,” said Haddad-Adel in a Thursday campaign speech in Tehran.

“After all the futile efforts they have made during these 34 years [since the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution], they didn’t get anywhere. [Therefore,] they resorted to sanctions and economic pressure. [Launching] eight years of imposed war [with Iraq] didn’t help them to achieve their goals. They may now have embarked on eight years of economic imposed war,” he added.

Our way is to show that as the nation resisted during the imposed war [with Iraq] and protected the country, it will also protect the country during the economic imposed war through recourse to resistance economy. We do not have any way other than this,” the principlist candidate, a former Majlis speaker, pointed out.

“Our enemy will only accept to logically sit at the negotiation table, and diplomacy will become meaningful, only when the US makes sure that the nation will not backtrack under economic pressure. There is no way other than this,” he said.

The United States and the European Union have used the allegation that Iran pursues non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program as a pretext to push the UN Security Council to impose four rounds of sanctions on the Islamic Republic between 2006 and 2010.

At the beginning of 2012, the US and the European Union imposed new sanctions on Iran’s oil and financial sectors with the goal of preventing other countries from purchasing Iranian oil and conducting transactions with the Central Bank of Iran.

Haddad-Adel called on other presidential candidates to observe ethical norms during their election campaigns, saying, “We should not act in such a way as to ignore all the 30-and-odd-year achievements of the [Islamic] Revolution.”

“[It is unfair to] overlook all these [achievements] and, to win votes, summarize [all the outcomes of] the revolution in economic problems which stem from enemy’s plots, and try to make people believe that ‘I have the key [to these problems] in my hand, and it is me that if elected will be able to solve these problems in, for example, a few days or months.’ I do not think so,” he added.

The principlist candidate also called on the Iranian nation to support the domestic products in the face of the West’s economic pressures, adding, “In order to solve the economic problem, we should change our lifestyle. We cannot live in the way that the West dictates to us and at the same time put up economic resistance against the West.”

Haddad-Adel is facing seven rivals in the upcoming election, including Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, President of the Center for Strategic Research of the Expediency Council Hassan Rohani, former First Vice President Mohammad Reza Aref, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili, Secretary of Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election.

Iranians will go to the polls in the nation’s 11th presidential election on June 14. Over 66,000 polling stations will be set up across the country. Expatriates will be also able to cast ballots at 285 polling stations that will be set up in their respective countries.

By Press TV


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