All Iranians duty-bound to help govt. in overcoming economic woes: Senior official


A senior Iranian official says all Iranians are duty-bound to help the government overcome economic problems in the country.

“It is our duty to work in coordination and synergy to help the government and other branches overcome economic woes and foil enemy plots for an economic war and psychological warfare,” Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, a top military adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, said on Wednesday.

He said attempts by certain media to undermine the government at the current critical juncture were against national interests.

He added that the “satanic triangle” of the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia were trying to weaken the Islamic establishment and disappoint the Iranian nation.

He expressed hope that the Iranian nation would surmount the difficult economic conditions imposed by the enemy through the unity of the people and government bodies.

The remarks come following protests earlier this week over the rial’s collapse, the economic performance of the administration of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and foreign exchange problems.

A group of businesspeople in Tehran Bazaar shut down their businesses on Monday.

However, business at Tehran’s Grand Bazaar was back to normal on Wednesday after a two-day strike.

In a meeting with Judiciary officials in Tehran on Wednesday, Ayatollah Khamenei said creating security in the economic atmosphere of the country was one of the tasks of the Judiciary and added, “The atmosphere for work, life and the livelihood of people must be secure and the Judiciary must deal with those seeking to disrupt economic security.”

The Leader also said the Judiciary must work with the government in tackling economic problems.

US President Donald Trump’s decision last month to pull his country out of the Iran nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions against Tehran caused the rial to plunge, threatening business by driving up the cost of imports.

The agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), had ended nuclear-related sanctions against Iran in exchange for certain changes to the country’s nuclear program.

On Tuesday, Rouhani said that the US left the multilateral nuclear deal with Iran at a great cost, emphasizing that Washington would fail to break the Iranian nation.

Rouhani assured the Iranians that the government was able to handle the economic pressure the country would face with the return of the US sanctions, which he said were part of a “psychological, economic and political war.”


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