Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei 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.
Addressing a Tuesday meeting of the Supreme Council of Economic Coordination, Ayatollah Khamenei slammed the sanctions as a “bitter reality” and a “crime” that the US and its European allies have committed against the Iranian nation.
“Such a crime has been committed against the Iranian nation for years, but it has intensified over the past three years,” the Leader said in the meeting, attended by the heads of the three branches of power and other members of the Supreme Council of Economic Coordination.
The two remedies for dealing with the sanctions are “nullifying and overcoming the sanctions” and their “removal”, Ayatollah Khamenei noted, adding, “We once tried the path of removal of the sanction and negotiated for several years, but it did not yield results.”
Describing efforts to overcome the sanctions and countering them as the proper option, the Leader said, “This path might have difficulties and problems at the beginning, but it will have a successful outcome.”
If Iran overcomes the sanctions by making efforts, using creativity and struggling with the problems, the other side will gradually abandon the imposition of sanctions after realizing their futility, the Leader underlined.
Ayatollah Khamenei further expressed hope that implementing new approaches for addressing the budget deficit, increasing governmental investment, boosting production and supporting the vulnerable groups would have positive results for the economy and livelihood of people.
The Leader also lashed out at the three European parties to the 2015 nuclear deal for their accusations against Iran, saying, “The situation in the US is not clear, and the Europeans are constantly adopting stances against Iran. While they (Europeans) themselves are involved in the highest degree of wrong interference in regional issues, they tell us not to interfere in the region. While the UK and France own destructive nuclear missiles and Germany is also on the same road, they tell us not to have missiles.”
The European governments must first correct their behavior before making comments about Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei underscored.
The aliens could not be relied on and it is not possible to pin hopes on them, the Leader concluded.
Ayatollah Khamenei has repeatedly referred to the United States and some other Western countries as unreliable sides, calling on Iranian authorities to rely on domestic capacities and capabilities.