Volume. 11941
U.S. threats of military action show ineffectiveness of sanctions: Leader
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_am1(306).jpgTEHRAN – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says that threats of military action against Iran being made by U.S. officials illustrate the fact that the sanctions against Iran have been ineffective.   
The Leader made the remarks during a meeting with a number of members of the Assembly of Experts in Tehran on Thursday. 
He also said the fact that there is a consensus among the heads of the three branches of government and other government officials on the implementation of the “resistance economy” plan is a promising sign which indicates that the country will be able to deal with the sanctions and the enemies’ plots through the implementation of the plan. 
The Leader has recently outlined the general policies of the program to promote the “resistance economy”, which can lead the Iranian nation to victory in “the imposed economic war” with the West.
Under the program, the government must take action to expand the production and exportation of knowledge-based products, increase domestic production of strategic goods, and develop markets in neighboring countries. 
It also encourages greater privatization and increased exports of electricity, gas, petrochemicals, and oil byproducts instead of crude oil and other raw materials.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Leader highlighted the importance of the country’s independence and said that he is not opposed to relations with other countries, “but it must be specified that with which countries we should have relations and how the relations should be.”  
He also criticized certain people for censuring the officials who put up resistance against the enemy for some problems facing the country and said, “the problems will not be resolved if we give in to the enemy.” 
“The enemies of the Iranian nation are now among the most notorious (governments),” the Leader said, adding that the U.S. government is today regarded as a violent and criminal player on the international stage which violates human rights.   
Prior to Ayatollah Khamenei’s address, Assembly of Experts Chairman Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi-Kani delivered a speech and briefed the Leader on the meeting of the assembly which was held on Tuesday and Wednesday.    

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