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Ayatollah Khamenei's Message on the Occasion of Persian New Year

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says tackling economic problems is Iran's top priority, stressing that the Resistance Economy is key to resolution of the country’s economic woes.

Addressing the nation in his annual message on the occasion of the Persian New Year early on Sunday, the Leader said, “In my estimation, the issue of economy is the top priority. In other words, among high-priority issues, economy is the most pressing matter.”

The Leader added that “appropriate and decisive” economic actions by the Iranian government and nation could possibly influence other issues such as social, moral and cultural ones as well as social maladies.

Highlighting the importance of paying attention to domestic production, job creation, elimination of unemployment, economic prosperity and tackling recession, Ayatollah Khamenei, added, “If we are to solve the problems of recession, [low] domestic production, and unemployment; if we are to curb inflation, the solution to all those fall within the purview of the Resistance Economy.”

“The Resistance Economy encompasses all of them. With the Resistance Economy, it is possible to fight unemployment and recession and to curb inflation; it is possible to stand up to the enemies’ threats; it is possible to create numerous opportunities for the country and use those opportunities,” Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out.

The Leader called on officials to take more “action and practical steps” in a bid to bring about tangible results that could be felt by the people, noting, “Therefore, I will choose the rubric ‘Resistance Economy; Action and Implementation’ as the motto of this year…This is a straight and bright road to what we need.”
The Leader expressed confidence that “if action and implementation are well planned” their results can be witnessed at the end of the year.

Elsewhere in his message, the Leader urged the Iranian nation to make itself invulnerable to the enemies’ threats and animosities.

“We need to make ourselves invulnerable to threats by the enemies and reduce our vulnerability to zero,” Ayatollah Khamenei stated.

Stressing that it is possible for the Iranian nation to stand up to the enemies’ threats and create numerous opportunities for the country, Ayatollah Khamenei once more emphasized, “To that end, efforts should be made to promote the Resistance Economy.”

At the end of his message, the Leader expressed hope that “if action and implementation are well planned, we will witness their results at the end of the year.”

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei also said the US seeks to restore over Iran the hegemony and influence that Washington exerted during the reign of the regime that was toppled by the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

“They (the Americans) are moving in this direction in a bid to be able to reinstate their previous hegemony,” Ayatollah Khamenei told a large crowd of pilgrims in the holy city of Mashhad on the first day of Persian New Year on Sunday. 

The Leader said Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution liberated the nation of Washington's deep-rooted grip, adding that Iranians proved that it is possible to stand up to the US. He said the revolution handed the country back to the nation, its true owners.

Before the revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei said, that US used to plunder Iran’s riches and the ousted Pahlavi regime was the main base of the UK and the US in the region.

The Leader reiterated that the Iranian nation has no issues with the American people but the US administration is the enemy of Iran.

Pointing to Iran's nuclear agreement with the P5+1 group of countries, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Ayatollah Khamenei said the other side, under various pretexts and through deception, is not fully implementing its side of the deal such as removing all obstacles to Iran's banking transactions or unfreezing the country's assets abroad.

“In the agreement we reached with the Americans on the nuclear issue, the Americans did not deliver on their pledges… Today, all cross Western countries and those who are under their impact, our banking restrictions are still facing problem and repatriation of our assets are facing problem,” said Ayatollah Khamenei, adding that “they fear the Americans.”     

Elsewhere, Ayatollah Khamenei said there is no guarantee that President Barack Obama’s successor would “fulfill these minimum obligations.”

“The US presidential candidates are vying with each other in inveighing against Iran...These are [proof of] enmity,” said the Leader.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew is making ceaseless efforts in order to prevent Iran from benefiting from the JCPOA results.

Regarding his choice of an economic motto for the New Year, namely “Resistance Economy; Plan and Action,” the Leader said that the West seeks to imply that Iranians have only one of two choices, namely either to come to terms with the US or suffer economic hardships.

The Leader said the West seeks to instill and propagate the notion that Iranians must either bow to the demands of the US or suffer the consequences. Ayatollah Khamenei warned that submission to the wishes of the US is tantamount to backing down from one's stances and a loss of independence.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the West would like the Iranians to back down from its demands such as on the issue of Palestine and turn into what the US would like it to be and like some regional states be reconciled with "the Zionist enemy."

The Leader said the enemy, if not resisted, will gradually expand its demands to the point where it will question the very founding principles of the Islamic Republic and seek to change its essence and substance.

Ayatollah Khamenei called for an increase in the productivity level in Iran, particularly in the energy sector, adding this can save billions of dollars.

Source: Press TV
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