A senior military aide to the Iranian Supreme Leader cautioned about the attempts made by the enemies to weaken the Islamic Republic through economic pressures and public discontent, and said Iran should adopt an aggressive policy in response to enemy plots.
“We should realize the strategy of the enemy and have our own strategy as well. The enemy’s strategy includes provoking public discontent and our revolution’s main capital is people’s trust in the leader, state and the government,” senior military aide to the Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi said, addressing a group of Basiji (volunteer force) women in Tehran on Sunday.
“We should step on enemy’s throat and treat him aggressively because we are a lively and young nation,” Safavi added.
Iran’s military commanders had earlier warned that Tehran would adopt new policies if the US and its allies continued hostile stances and threats against the Islamic Republic.
In June, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei stressed strong popular support for the Islamic establishment, but cautioned that hegemonic powers are trying to weaken this support through pressures and sanctions.
“These bullying powers, which falsely call themselves ‘the international community’, are trying to deprive the Islamic Republic of Iran of popular support,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a group of Iranian judiciary officials here in Tehran at the time.
The Leader pointed to the sanctions and restrictions imposed on Iran by the West, and stated, “The sanctions imposed by the arrogant powers mainly target the Iranian people so that pressures wear off the Iranian people’s patience and make them separated from the Islamic Republic.”
The Leader, however, expressed the confidence that enemies will fail to achieve their desirable results, “because they (enemies) still have no knowledge of our nation and officials”.