Iranian presidential candidate Sa’eed Jalili says he has a plan to render sanctions as an instrument against Iran ineffective forever.
Speaking on Radio Javan on Saturday (May 29), Jalili, himself a former nuclear negotiator for Iran, said sanctions had been used by Iran’s enemies as their last resort.
“The Iranian administration should have a plan to deprive foreign governments of the tool of sanctions forever,” he said. “Having sanctions lifted is one path, circumventing them is another; rendering them ineffective is yet another option.”
“We have a serious plan to render the sanctions ineffective, which will have the enemy fall to the ground. And we have to use this and dismay the enemy forever so it won’t use that instrument against us ever again,” Jalili said, without elaborating.
‘Resistance economy does not mean cutting relations with outside world’
Jalili said “resistance economy” had to be understood well as a concept. Resistance economy is an economy, he said, that does not defer to foreign governments in order to prosper. But it does not portend stopping interactions with the outside world, he emphasized.
“Resistance economy means we should not wait for foreigners. It does not mean [however] that we should have no relations with them,” he said. “I believe that [Iran’s] interactions with the outside world over the past eight years were not extensive and we had relations with merely a limited number of countries.”
He said production had to be increased by relying on domestic capabilities. “Resistance economy means an economy not deferring to foreigners.”
He also said virtual space could be used to create jobs for the youth.
Iran is holding its 13th presidential election on June 18. Jalili is associated with the Principlist camp.