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Leader praises Iranian nation for grand achievements despite Western sanctions

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei addresses people in the Imam Khomeini courtyard at the holy shrine of Imam Reza (peace be upon him) in the northeastern city of Mashhad. (Photo by

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has commended the Iranian nation for achieving great success despite the West’s harshest sanctions and its attempts to undermine the Islamic establishment.

In a televised annual New Year address on Tuesday – the first day of the Iranian New Year – at the holy shrine of Imam Reza in the city of Mashhad, the Leader said Iran’s enemies have “our points of strength” in the cross-hairs.

The Islamic Republic has made big headways in sectors including science, technology and defense, among others in the face of the sanctions, Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The enemy is seeking to change the very nature of the Islamic Republic, the Leader stated, by resorting to all means at its disposal. Through attempts to polarize the nation and disappoint the young generation, Ayatollah Khamenei argued, the enemy looks for an establishment in Iran fully in sync with the way of the global arrogance and imperialism.

The Leader also referred to the recent riots in Iran. He said the West, not least the United States and its allies, pulled out all the stops to support the disturbances with the purpose of undermining the Islamic establishment. But the Iranian nation, Ayatollah Khamenei said, gave the enemy a great slap in the face.

In remarks given during an address earlier in the day delivered from the capital Tehran, the Leader underscored the country’s growth in the insurance industry, and its good performance in the fields of construction, water, gas, roads and environmental sectors.

The Leader called on officials to work hard to overcome difficulties and generate prosperity in people’s lives and bring food to their tables, especially among the lowest stratum of society.

In a separate speech on Tuesday, Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi hailed the “heroism” of the nation, outlining the government’s new plans for the Persian New Year.

Raeisi also recounted the achievements in the past year, saying Iran saw a rise in production and a record decline in unemployment. On foreign policy, he said his administration pursued “balanced diplomacy,” under which Iran did not wait on the countries that hesitated to cooperate with the Islamic Republic. Iran also followed a policy to revive regional and neighborly relations.

The president said the Islamic Republic enjoyed a strategic and unrivaled position in the region and his administration planned to tap into that capacity of the country.

In related news, the Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned US President Joe Biden's “hypocrisy” in his message to the Iranian nation on the occasion of the Persian New Year.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan’ani wrote in a post published on his Twitter page on Tuesday that US animosity towards the Islamic Republic constitutes an integral part of Washington’s foreign policy. “Enmity toward the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iranian nation forms an intrinsic part of the US regime’s foreign policy, as it is exhibited in the #Nowruz message of its officials every year,” Kan’ani tweeted.

دشمنی با نظام جمهوری اسلامی و ملت ایران، بخش ثابت سیاست خارجی رژیم آمریکاست که در پیام #نوروز هر ساله مقامات آن نیز خود را نشان میدهد.
ادعای دروغین حمایت از زنان ایرانی و همزمان حفظ و تشدید تحریمهای ظالمانه علیه ملت #ایران، نمایش نفاق و دشمنی رژیم #آمریکا و رهبران ضدایرانی آنست.

— Nasser Kanaani (@IRIMFA_SPOX) March 21, 2023



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