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IRGC Commander Pledges Efforts to Nullify Impacts of US Sanctions

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami in a letter to the Leader underlined efforts to further decrease the impacts of the US sanctions against Iran.

In his message to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, General Salami reacted to the guidelines set out by the Leader during his recent New Year speeches.

The IRGC chief pledged efforts to speed up domestic production, fight corruption, mobilize the country’s young experts and offer a helping hand to the people in need as part of a campaign to weaken the enemies and dissuade them from following the strategy of pressure against the Iranian nation.

“The gist of this (Leader’s) divine message is for dear Iran to grow strong in light of its faith to a level that it would render the enemy’s vicious policies ineffective and neutralize the enemies’ evil dreams,” General Salami said.

“We will stay in the field, stand shoulder to shoulder with people, put Your Excellency’s words into action,…overcome the enemy and its strategy, and render the country immune to the consequences of the cruel sanctions,” he said.

General Salami added that the IRGC has set up a headquarters that will work to precisely implement Ayatollah Khamenei’s guidelines and instructions.

During his first address to the nation on March 20, Ayatollah Khamenei designated the new Iranian calendar year of 1400 as that of “Production: Support and the Elimination of Obstacles,” as the country works to diminish the impact of unilateral American sanctions, which have mainly targeted the livelihoods of Iranian people.

Ayatollah Khamenei called for efforts to remove the obstacles in the way of domestic production, which he views as key to confronting the Western sanctions against the nation.

In another speech a day later, the Leader reaffirmed the call, saying correct planning and strong anti-corruption management are needed to boost domestic production.

In relevant remarks earlier this week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that his government will seriously pursue efforts to materialize the Leader’s slogan for the Persian New Year, ‘Production: support and removing obstacles’.

President Rouhani made the remarks, addressing the first session of his cabinet in the new Iranian year which started on March 21.

He noted that the government will make efforts to pass the affairs of the country to the next government after the sanctions are removed and the COVID-19 is over.

Undoubtedly, the year 1400 will be the beginning of the country’s economic prosperity again, Rouhani said, adding that this year the nation’s three-year resistance to the enemy’s economic war will lead to the results.

The government, just as its previous year when it managed to materialize the slogan of the surge in production while simultaneously promoting resistance of the great Iranians and defeated the foes in the economic war, this year, too, will do its best to support and eliminate the obstacles, he added.

Rouhani said that the rise in production requires cooperation, unity, and solidarity of the three branches of power in supporting production centers and helping to lift barriers to production.

He went on to say that the private sector can play a significant role to this end.

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