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Leader: Growing Production to Protect Iran from Sanctions

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed Imam Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined the necessity for a surge in Iran’s production of different goods, describing it as a way to resist against sanctions and oil prices fluctuations.

“Production can be compared to the body’s immune system. That is, if production is favorable and growing, invasive viruses like sanctions and oil prices cannot harm our economy,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a video conference participated by seven active manufacturers from different parts of the country on Wednesday on the occasion of the Labors Day.

“A key point is respecting workers’ rights. Fair and punctual payments and job security, which I’ve always stressed, are very important. Some of these gentlemen have mentioned that they haven’t fired any workers following the economic problems due to the Coronavirus outbreak. This is very good,” he said.

“Insurance, training, welfare and health services are workers’ rights and the responsibility of employers. Of course, if the needs of workers’ families including their children’s education are fulfilled, it will strengthen workers-employers relations, which is an auspicious thing,” Ayatollah Khamenei added.

“Real cooperation between the labor force and employers can increase production and economic growth. The labor force should increase their skills and sense of responsibility; employers should increase the workers share from the income of the business.”

“Some of our worker friends had complaints about legislation that overlooked workers’ opinions. Such regulations should definitely be designed justly, and business owners should take this into consideration,” the Leader said.

“Some people keep saying it’s impossible and we can’t, but we can. When we can launch a satellite into space with a speed of 7500 m/s, have put a satellite into orbit, and have made significant progress in the defense industry, then we can achieve a surge in production too.”

“The Iranian wisdom and thought that can build a satellite and set a goal of a 36,000 km orbit for the next satellite, certainly enjoy the same spirit, innovation and creativity needed to produce cars with a consumption of 5 liters/100 km and for production in other sectors,” he said.

Ayatollah Khamenei also stressed the need to pay special attention to production of medicine and vaccines in Iran, and said that good work has been done in the country in the field of research on drugs and vaccine to fight against coronavirus and “perhaps, our good and young scientists and efficient researchers will succeed to produce drug and vaccine to confront coronavirus sooner than other countries”.

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) launched the Satellite Noor-1 by the domestically-built launcher Qassed (herald) on April 22 and placed it into the orbit at an altitude of 425km.

The launcher Qassed is a three-stage launcher using compound soild-liquid fuel.

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