Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the Islamic Republic’s industrial might will make the world’s bullying powers respect the nation.
Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks during a visit to MAPNA industrial complex in the city of Karaj ahead of May Day on Wednesday.
If “we stand on our own feet and be strong, they have to respond respectfully and reasonably,” said the Leader, referring to the Western powers.
Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized the necessity to depend on the national resolve in an effort to boost the country’s economy.
MAPNA is an Iranian group of companies active in the fields of construction and installation of energy production machinery.
“We should grow… from within (the country), but… we should (also) be active and influential in global markets,” the Leader added.
The Leader noted that Iran’s capability to enrich uranium up to 20 percent is a demonstration of the country’s national determination.
Iran and the Sextet of world powers — Russia, China, France, Britain, the United States and Germany — clinched a landmark interim deal in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24 last year to pave the way for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.
Under the deal, dubbed the Geneva Joint Plan of Action, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period. It was also agreed that no nuclear-related sanctions will be imposed on Iran within the same timeframe. The agreement took effect on January 20.