1126 GMT July 04, 2022
Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting via a videoconference with thousands of people from the northwestern Iranian province of East Azarbaijan on Thursday to mark the anniversary of the popular uprising of the people of the provincial capital of Tabriz, which took place on February 18, 1978, Press TV wrote.
“You see how oppressively the enemy front is focusing on the issue of our nuclear energy. They [the enemy] impose sanctions [on us] because of a nuclear energy [program] that they know is peaceful. And whatever they may say about Iran being a certain amount of time away from producing a [nuclear] bomb is nonsensical and meaningless,” the Leader said.
“They know we are not seeking that; that we are not looking for a nuclear weapon. We are looking to benefit from nuclear energy in peaceful ways. They know this. [But] They do not want the Iranian nation to achieve such an outstanding scientific progress and that’s why they are pressuring us,” Ayatollah Khamenei added.
The Leader said Iran will urgently need nuclear energy, and that if the country fails to take action today, it will be too late in 20 years.
Enemy’s anti-Iran tactics
The Leader warned that enemies have been attempting to make the Iranians, especially the youth, stray from the path of the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution using two tactics: Economic pressure and a smear campaign of lies and allegations against the pillars of the Islamic Revolution through Western media.
“The enemies are using two tools to divide the people and the [Islamic] Establishment and to engineer the people’s views and thoughts: Economic hostility and media enmity,” said Ayatollah Khamenei, calling on the nation and the youth to counter the two conspiracies.
The Leader added the enemies “level accusations against the centers that play a role in the [Islamic] Revolution’s progress”.
Ayatollah Khamenei explained that economic pressure can be foiled through hard work at home, diplomatic efforts and neutralization of the sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic.
The Leader praised the Iranian negotiators for working on the diplomatic front to persuade the Westerners to lift the sanctions placed on the nation.
“However, the major task is to neutralize the sanctions through [engaging in] domestic production and economic activities on the one side, and foiling the enemy’s media campaign and mudslinging, on the other,” Ayatollah Khamenei noted.
Ayatollah Khamenei highlighted the role of the people in the victory of the Islamic Revolution.
“The Islamic Revolution emerged victorious thanks to the presence of the Iranian nation and not guns and political ploys and playing,” the Leader said.
Ayatollah Khamenei praised as “astonishing” the infrastructural progress that the country has made in the years that ensued the Islamic Revolution.
As a case in point, the Leader pointed to Iran’s scientific achievements in the past four decades and said the country’s growth rate has been “multiple times higher than that of the rest of the world”.
Ayatollah Khamenei said the Iranian nation’s perseverance has been fruitful not just inside the country, but also across the region.
“You witness today that the resistance movement in regional countries is growing and the grandeur of America and [global] arrogance is broken. The nations are speaking out against America. We should appreciate this and keep up the [Islamic] Revolution’s progress,” the Leader noted.
Ayatollah Khamenei also hailed the massive participation of the Iranian people in recent celebrations marking the 43rd anniversary (Feb. 11) of the Islamic Revolution’s victory, which overthrew the former U.S.-backed Pahlavi regime, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, economic problems and the campaign of lies launched by foreigners.
He said the Islamic Revolution’s goals were bringing about social justice, power, a Muslim society and, ultimately, a modern Islamic civilization, calling on everyone to make efforts toward fulfilling the objectives.