Leader: Iranians not to
yield to pressure
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has
noted that pressures exerted on the Iranian nation by foreign powers will
not be able to weaken the resolve of the nation.
In a meeting with researchers, specialists and innovators on Sunday,
the Leader said, “The Iranian nation is determined to reach its marked
point through determination and resolve”.
Ayatollah Khamenei added that Iran is incessantly progressing and there
is no insurmountable obstacle or deadlock on the way of its march ahead.
The Leader said, “The Iranian nation is in the middle of the scene and
problems and pressures fall short of [influencing] decision, resolve and
ideals of this nation”.
The Leader noted that taking the economy of resistance seriously is one
of the main ways of passing the current fateful juncture.
Ayatollah Khamenei added, “The econo my of resistance is not a slogan,
but a reality which should be realized”.
Ayatollah Khamenei said, “One of the best manifestations and most
effective components of the economy of resistance is knowledge-based
companies which can make the economy of resistance more sustainable”.
The Leader added that true economic growth hinges on the generation of
wealth through science and knowledge.
The Leader said, “If knowledge-based companies are taken seriously and
their qualitative and quantitative growth is supported, the country will
achieve true prosperity by generating wealth through [promotion of]
Ayatollah Khamenei the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution met
Thursday evening with government officials of the Islamic Republic of
Iran. Speaking at the meeting, which was also attended by President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, His Eminence referred to the challenges that the
Islamic Republic has faced since the victory of the Islamic Revolution -
including the assassinations, the ethnic conflicts, the imposed war, the
sanctions, the events that took place in Tir 1378 and the post-election
turmoil in 1388 - and stated: "The massive capacities and capabilities of
the Iranian nation helped the Islamic Republic to successfully confront
all these challenges and to become more powerful at every stage."
Ayatollah Khamenei said that the enemies of the Islamic Revolution are
trying to show that the Iranian nation has reached a dead end, further
adding: "They openly say that it is necessary to force the Iranian
government officials to revise their calculations by intensifying
pressures and sanctions, but looking at the existing realities causes us
not only to avoid revising our calculations, but it also causes us to
continue the path of the Iranian nation with more confidence."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution mentioned examples of the
existing realities, saying: "One of the realities that should not be
ignored is the opposition of a few arrogant governments to the Islamic
Republic and their increasing and complex pressures on the Islamic
His Eminence added: "Relying on their powerful propaganda machine,
these few arrogant governments that enjoy political, economic and media
capabilities, are pretending to be the international community."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution added: "Of course, these
few bullying governments have their own followers, but if America stops
supporti ng them, they are nothing and they are not even taken into
consideration in global calculations."
His Eminence added: "Another reality is that the enmity of these few
arrogant governments towards the Islamic Republic is rooted in the essence
of the Islamic system, but they are pretending that their confrontation
with the Iranian nation is because of the nuclear issue and human rights."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution reiterated: "Of course,
considering the absolutely dismal track record of America, Zionism,
England and the other arrogant powers in human rights, nobody believes
Ayatollah Khamenei added: "The truth is that the Islamic Revolution of
the Iranian nation freed this important country from the clutches of the
arrogant powers and it caused increasing motivation and awakening in the
world of Islam. For this reason, by harming the Islamic Republic, they are
trying to teach others a lesson so that they do not follow the Islamic
Republic as their role model."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that the challenges
faced by the Islamic Republic are not new and added: "At a certain stage,
Iranian ships used to be targeted in the Persian Gulf and our oil
terminals and industrial centers were being bombarded by the enemy, but
today the ill-wishers of the Islamic Republic do not have the courage to
even approach Iran."
His Eminence said that the increased capabilities and confidence of the
Islamic Republic in the face of the threats is another reality and
stressed: "Another reality is that the opposing camp - led by America and
Zionism - has grown far weaker than the past."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stressed: "The increased
vulnerability of the Zionist regime after the events and revolutions that
took place in the region, the defeats that the Zionist r egime suffered
during the 33-day war in Lebanon and the 22-day war in Gaza, America's
destiny in Iraq, the increasing and unending problems of America in
Afghanistan and America's failure in its Middle Eastern policies are clear
examples of the increasing weakness of the opposing camp."
Ayatollah Khamenei said that the crisis that has afflicted western
enemies of the Islamic Republic is another reality. He added: "The serious
threat of economic crisis in the European Union and the eurozone,
instability in several European countries, the fall of several European
governments, the substantial budget deficit in America and the 99 percent
movement are important events that must not be ignored."
His Eminence stressed: "The economic problems of western countries are
essentially different from the economic problems of our country because
our problems are like the problems of a group of climbers who are
continuously moving towards the peak, but the west is like a bus that is
trapped under an avalanche."
Ayatollah Khamenei said that the developments in the region and in
North Africa are among the existing realities, adding: "The increased
capabilities of the Islamic Republic are another crucial reality."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to the population
control policies and stressed the need for revising these policies. He
reiterated: "In the early 1370s, implementing these policies was correct
for specific reasons at that time, but it was a mistake to continue the
same policies in the following years."
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed: "Scientific and expert studies show that
if the population control policies are continued, we will gradually suffer
from aging and population decline. Therefore, our government officials
should seriously revise the population control policies. And the owner of
media outlets and those who speak to t he public - especially the clergy -
should take action to raise public awareness in this regard."
His Eminence said that Iran's retreat and flexibility against the enemy
will only make the enemy more insolent.
Ayatollah Khamenei added: "At a time when our government officials used
to flatter the west and America in their statements, the person who was
the personification of evil decided to label the Islamic Republic of Iran
as axis of evil."
His Eminence said that Iran retreated in the nuclear issue at a certain
stage, adding: "At that stage, because of the cooperation with westerners
and the retreats that were made, the enemies advanced so much that I had
to step in personally."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution added: "At that time,
westerners became so insolent that even when our government officials
became satisfied with only three centrifuges, the westerners expres sed
their opposition even to that, but today we have eleven thousand
centrifuges that are active in the country."
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed: "If those retreats had continued, today
there would be no nuclear advances and no scientific dynamism and
innovation in the country."
His Eminence said that sanctions will prove ineffective in the face of
intelligent resistance. He described the economic sanctions as temporary
and added: "This is because continuing these sanctions for a long time is
not in the interest of western countries."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that the sanctions
that have been imposed on the Islamic Republic will only benefit America
and the Zionist regime, further stressing: "The other countries have
either been forced to go along with sanctions or they are just doing it as
a ceremonial gesture. And these conditions will not continue."
Ayatoll ah Khamenei said that 20 countries have been exempted from the
oil sanctions imposed on Iran and added that certain western countries are
making efforts to circumvent the sanctions. He stated that these are signs
which show it is impossible to continue the current conditions. "All these
realities show that it is necessary to continue the path of resistance by
relying on God, taking more risks and having judgment and wisdom."
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that economic matters
are very important for the country and its progressive movement. He
stressed: "The purpose of the enemy's economic pressures in the present
situation is to undermine our national growth and welfare and to create
problems for the people in order to make them disappointed and isolate
them from the Islamic Republic."
Ayatollah Khamenei added: "Over the past few years, it has been clear
that the enemy has focused its machinations on the econo my of the country.
For this reason, the slogans of the recent years - such as "Reforming the
Norms of Consumption", "Intensified Effort and Labor", "Economic Jihad"
and "National Production and Supporting Iranian Labor and Capital" - were
introduced in order to create an economic system and organize our national
movement in the economic arena."
His Eminence said that one way to counter the economic sanctions is to
build an economy of resistance and explained: "Putting the people in
charge of our economy by implementing the general policies specified in
Article 44 of the Constitution, empowering the private sector, decreasing
the country's dependence on oil, managing consumption, making the best of
the available time, resources and facilities, moving forward on the basis
of well-prepared plans and avoiding abrupt changes in the regulations and
policies are among the pillars of an economy of resistance."
Regarding the need to manage consumption, the Supreme Leader of the
Islamic Revolution stressed: "Today moderation in consumption is a
jihad-like movement and all governmental and non-governmental
organizations and all the people should seriously avoid extravagance and
try to consume domestically produced products."
At the end of his statements, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic
Revolution stressed the issue of unity and solidarity in the country.
Addressing government officials, he said: "Fortunately the people of Iran
are united and you should safeguard this unity by staying away from
pointless disputes and announcing these disputes through the media."
His Eminence stressed: "If officials from the three branches of
government level accusations against each other, it will be very harmful.
And our government officials should know that such actions will not give
them any prestige among the people."
Ayatollah Khamenei added: "The tr uth is that problems exist, but it is
wrong to blame them on each other. Rather, it is necessary to solve them
through unity and judgment, and this is definitely possible."
Leader's remarks in
meeting with reciters and memorizers of holy Quran
The Leader of Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, has
said prosperity of the Islamic ummah is dependent upon an Islamic
civilization based upon divine revelations, spirituality, morality and
According to IRIB World Service, speaking on Saturday in a meeting with
experts, reciters and memorizers of the holy Quran, the Leader said the
Islamic Republic of Iran claims to be a civilization based upon Quranic
teachings, divine guidance and spirituality. The Leader referred to
Western exploitation of humanity, and stressed that Western civilization
is based upon materialism and material wealth, and is devoid of morality,
ethics and spirituality. The Leader talked of Western lies and false
claims about human rights and morality, with recent events in Myanmar
graphically exposing these false claims, with Western countries, so-called
champions of human rights, remaining silent about the killing of hundr eds
of innocent Muslims in Myanmar.
In further remarks, the Leader said for the past several hundred years,
wherever Westerners have set their foot in, we see corruption,
exploitation, plunder of natural resources, and colonialism. He added: "The
only way to achieve dignity, prosperity, material and spiritual gain,
ethics and morality, is through adherence to the teachings of the Holy
Turning to Islamic Awakening, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei stressed
that if Islamic nations can succeed in laying the foundations of a
civilization based upon divine revelations, spirituality, morality and
ethics, then the entire humanity will benefit and prosper.
Elsewhere in his remarks, The Leader said when a combination of human
mind and human heart becomes attached to the holy Quran, then this is
extremely beneficial, and the stage will be set for implementation of the
holy Quran's teachings, and this will lead to Islamic society prospering
and thriving day-by-day.
Leader emphasizes women's
role in Islamic Awakening
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei,
today hailed the status of women and the role played by them in the great
Islamic movements, as “unparalleled and unique.”
He was addressing over a thousand and five hundred women activists from
some 85 countries, including lady intellectuals, researchers and
journalists, who have assembled in Tehran for World Conference on Women
and Islamic Awakening.
According to IRIB, he referred to the outstanding precedent set by
women in Iran during the crucial days of the victory of the Islamic
Revolution and its aftermath, said continuation, strengthening and
promotion of women's active presence in the Islamic Awakening movements
sweeping the region, would undoubtedly be a booster for further success of
Ayatollah Khamenei considered this great assembly in the Iranian
capital of elite and intellectual ladies fr om almost half the world
countries, as an excellent opportunity for better familiarity among Muslim
women of various lands, saying: "This opportunity of better interaction at
the meeting should be seized upon as a factor for long-lasting and more
effective works to help restore the real identity and personality of
He referred to the more than a century of intricate ploys by the West
to isolate Muslim women from their real Islamic identity, saying that
selfless efforts by female intellectuals of the Muslim world to revive
this proper identity is in fact the most priceless service for the Islamic
Ummah. Ayatollah Khamenei added that this movement, in part, will
profoundly affect the Islamic Awakening currents, in addition to reviving
the real dignity and glory of the Ummah.
He censured the West for its insulting views toward women, saying that
in the western society, women are looked upon as mere means of pleasure
and enjoyment for men under cover of the ill-defined word 'freedom', which
along with such terms as human rights and democracy, is a handy tool for
military deployment, invasions, massacres and looting of world nations
through different ways.
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, expounding the standpoint of
Islam toward women as in total contrast with that of the West, said Islam
considers women as persons with the highest dignity and a source of
progress and perfection.
Meantime, the Leader cautioned that Global Arrogance, the US and the
Zionist regime in particular, which have found themselves transfixed and
shocked vis-à-vis the great Islamic Awakening movements, are feverishly
trying to deviate these movements, while surfing on the waves in pursuit
of their own vested interests.
He, however, reiterated that the spirit of resistance of the people and
their ever-increasing presence on different scenes of the struggle, would
guarantee victory over the arrogant forces, since their swords are blunt
and ineffective when faced by the massive presence of the faithful people.
Ayatollah Khamenei, elaborating on the West's vain attempts to drive a
wedge between the Islamic Republic and the helpless Palestinian people,
made it clear that Iran’s Islamic Will, free from any divisive and trivial
subject as Shiite-Sunni differences, have steadfastly stood besides all