1151 GMT July 04, 2022
“Workers stood at the forefront of the fight against the enemies’ plots to disrupt the country’s production and did not allow the conspiracies to materialize. Workers played the pivotal role in this regard,” Ayatollah Khamenei told a group of workers in Tehran.
He underscored that Iranian workers have made impressive achievements in military, economic, and political spheres, and at least 14,000 laborers sacrificed their lives during Iraq’s war on Iran in the 1980s, Press TV wrote.
“Among the main policies of arrogant powers since the victory of the Islamic Revolution [in 1979] has been to grind the country’s production to a halt,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The Leader also stressed that laborers have aborted fiendish attempts to exploit their demands as a sign of popular protests and have definitively proven their allegiance to the Islamic Revolution and the Islamic Establishment.
Earlier this year, Ayatollah Khamenei stated that the enemies are waging a war against Iran’s economy in order to bring it to collapse and pit the people against the Establishment.
“The goal of the enemies in this war has been the collapse of the Iranian economy; that was their intention. Now, the collapse of the economy was, of course, a prelude in order to set the people against the Islamic Republic by destroying the Iranian economy and to carry out their malicious political intentions in this way,” the Leader said in an address to a group of Iranian producers and entrepreneurs in Tehran on January 30.
Ayatollah Khamenei hailed Iranian producers, entrepreneurs, and workers as “officers” of the battle against the enemies’ economic war.
“The country's stronghold of production and economy is alive; thank God, it is standing. The army that stood against the enemy - the officers of this holy defense - were the entrepreneurs and capable economic managers. Its warriors were also workers. The workers were the sincere and earnest warriors of this battle. You and all economic actors share in this honor of preserving the country's economy,” the Leader said.
Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated his oft-repeated line that officials should not tie the country's economy to the results of negotiations currently underway in Vienna to remove US sanctions on Iran.
The Leader also described production as a struggle in the path of Allah.
“The resistance of the producers against the attack on the economy and the enemy's efforts to prevent the sale of oil and gas and cut foreign exchange resources and against its plans to block Iran's foreign trade is in fact a holy fight and one of the greatest acts of worship.”
The enemy’s plans to “conquer the production stronghold” of Iran as part of its economic war on the country have failed, Ayatollah Khamenei added.