TEHRAN -- President Ebrahim Raisi said Wednesday his administration will not tie Iran’s progress to the removal of sanctions, reiterating that efforts to neutralize the impact of sanctions is being resolutely pursued, separate from efforts to remove them through talks in Vienna.
Addressing an event to commemorate 4,000 martyred clerics, Raisi said the martyrs’ blood carries the message of resistance against the enemies, protecting Islamic values, building the country, resolving people’s problems, forging unity, national cohesion, and adhering to the guidelines set by leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
“Just as we do not deem the enemy’s threats a hindrance, we do not put off the country’s progress until the removal of sanctions,” he said.
“We have shown this in practice and announced through official tribunes that our strategy is that of the Leader, but at the same time we are pursuing the removal of sanctions as well.”
Raisi was referring to negotiations in the Austrian capital to persuade Washington to remove its illegal sanctions on Iran, four years after it unilaterally withdrew from the landmark Iran deal and launched a so-called campaign of maximum pressure against the Islamic Republic.
Tehran has slammed the draconian sanctions as an act of “economic war,” “economic terrorism,” and “medical terrorism,” while at the same time boasting of its prowess to successfully hold the line against the bans.
As a result of illegal sanctions, Iran became the most-sanctioned country in the world, only to be replaced by Russia after Moscow launched a military operation in Ukraine late February.
Raisi further said that a headquarters for neutralizing sanctions has been established and is actively engaged in efforts to deal with the economic difficulties faced by the Iranian people.