Ayatollah Khamenei: Iran will defeat economic war, but it is not enough

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the enemy is waging an “economic war” on Iran, but the country will defeat it.

“The enemy is engaged in an economic war on us. We must defeat the enemy in this war and God willing we will defeat it,” the Leader told a huge crowd at the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) in Mashhad on Thursday.

“We will defeat the enemy, but this is not enough. Beside defeating the enemy, we must establish deterrence” in the economic sphere, the Leader said.

The Leader made the statements on the occasion of the new Iranian year of 1398 which started on Thursday.

Opportunities in new year

Ayatollah Khamenei touched on “unrealistic speculations” about threats to Iran in the new year, dismissing them as part of the enemy’s psychological war.

“The enemies of this nation, in addition to what they do in reality, also wage a psychological warfare and make boastful exclamations which should be taken as they are,” he said.

“I believe the year 1398, with divine grace, will be the year of opportunities, possibilities and opening – not threats,” the Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei touched on US sanctions, saying they are an opportunity to expose Iran’s weaknesses and improve the country’s administration in the coming years.

“Sanctions can be an opportunity because experience has shown that countries with natural resources such as oil, whenever their revenues have fallen, they have found motivation to implement economic reforms and rescue themselves from reliance on oil.”

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