Member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts and Tehran’s interim Friday Prayer Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami
A senior Iranian cleric has described the Western sanctions on Iran as age-old ploys to turn the nation against their Islamic establishment.
“The global hegemony, led by the great Satan (US government) has aspired to exhaust the Iranian nation since the advent of the Islamic Revolution but must realize that it is the Iranian nation that will wear them out,” Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami said Wednesday.
“In the 33-year period since the Islamic Revolution, they tried, through internal conspiracies, war, the nuclear issue, economic pressures and the recent sanctions, to sow pessimism among the great Iranian nation about their [Islamic] government, but with the grace of God they failed to succeed,” said Ayatollah Khatami, who also serves as the interim leader of Tehran’s Friday prayers.
He insisted that the principal desire of the country’s enemies is to turn the Iranian nation against religion and divine values since the US and the European Union cannot tolerate an Islamic establishment in Iran.
The senior cleric, who is a member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts, further noted that the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, referred to US as the Great Satan, adding that “we must realize that America has not turned into a lesser evil, rather, the rogue nature of this regime has peaked across the globe, including in places such as Bahrain, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan.”
He slammed the US for setting up an operational headquarters in Washington to plan and organize subversive activities against the Islamic Republic.