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West sanctions, opportunity for Iran: Cleric

A senior Iranian cleric says the sanctions that have been imposed against the Islamic Republic over its nuclear energy program are in fact “an opportunity” for the country.

“Sanctions have been imposed against Iran since the [1979] Islamic Revolution and are nothing new,” Tehran’s interim Friday Prayers Leader Hojjatoleslam Kazem Seddiqi said.

The senior Iranian cleric added that the embargoes have in reality served to make the Iranian nation more steadfast, resolute and resistant.

Hojjatoleslam Seddiqi further referred to the recently held International Conference on Women and Islamic Awakening in Tehran and said women are objectified in the West, and have neither value nor humanity.

“The scandals that the West has created with regard to women are disgraceful; the Westerners have trampled upon the human dignity of women while describing it as freedom.”

The two-day conference ended early Thursday morning at the conference hall of Tehran’s Milad Tower after six working committees of the global conference presented their reports to the participants.

Earlier, conference attendees greeted the Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei, who described the event as “a significant opportunity to achieve better mutual appreciation of women in the Muslim world.”

“The role of women in social developments, revolutions and the Islamic Awakening movement is decisive because wherever women take part in a social movement with awareness, the progress and victory of that movement is guaranteed,”the Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei added.

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