Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed Ayatollah Sayyed Imam Ali Khamenei said on Friday that having confidence in the US is a big mistake as most hostilities against Iran come from the ‘US and the evil Britain.’
Addressing a ceremony to mark the 27th anniversary of the sad demise of the Father of the Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeini at his Mausoleum southern Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei added that experience of the nuclear talks should not be forgotten.
‘This is an experience that even if we give up, the US will never stop its destructive role,’ Ayatollah Khamenei said, noting that despite the fact that Iran has fulfilled its commitments based on the nuclear deal, the US broke its promises.
After the July 2015 nuclear deal, said the Leader, Americans said that Iran’s economy should be merged with global economy. ‘Merging a country’s economy with the global economy is not an honor, but a damage.
‘Now they want to swallow Iran’s economy by the global economy headed by the US.
‘Economic independence will only be achieved through the Economy of Resistance.’
Ayatollah Khamenei further noted that sanctions were aimed at paralyzing Iran’s economy.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei referred to Father of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini as a ‘pious and revolutionary figure’ and said that the late Imam believed in divine goals and people and always considered himself as a believer of the Almighty.
Stressing the need to move based on revolutionary principles, the Leader said, ‘It’s wrong to think that remaining revolutionary means extremism. These are double standard souvenirs of aliens and enemies of Iran which should not find a place in our culture.
They consider a revolutionary person as a hardliner and a non-revolutionary as a moderate. This is a dichotomy made by aliens.’
The Leader urged all Iranians to ‘remain revolutionary’ noting that it is wrong to think that only those who accompanied the late Imam Khomeini were revolutionary. Revolution belongs to all and the youth are and can be revolutionary too.
Ayatollah Khamenei referred to five major characteristics for being a revolutionary.
‘I will mention five characteristics for being revolutionary and we have to create and maintain them in ourselves,’ said the Leader referring to the characteristics as, ‘Commitment to the basic values of the (Islamic) Revolution; setting aspirations of the Revolution as targets and striving to achieve them; adherence to the country’s all-out independence; not complying with enemies; and exercising the Greatest Jihad (combat with the self) and adopting religious and political piety.’
Referring to himself as an ‘old revolutionary’ person, Ayatollah Khamenei said, sticking to these characteristics of being a revolutionary, ‘now every modern youth can become even more revolutionary than me.’
Stressing the need to move based on the revolutionary principles in order to make further progresses in the country, the Leader said that as long as the people moved based on the revolutionary principles they made progress while wherever they ignored those principles they lagged behind.
‘Imam was the Imam of Revolution. The anger shown by the powers of the material world towards Imam and their fear from him was mainly due to his revolutionary characteristics,’ Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The material powers are basically afraid of the word ‘revolution,’ said the Leader noting that the late Imam dragged the country out of cesspool through the Revolution. ‘Imam changed our path towards great objectives which are summed up in ruling of the divine religion,’ the Leader stressed.
Iranians marked the 27th anniversary of the sad demise of the late Imam at his mausoleum, southern Tehran.
The occasion is annually observed by Iranians in a bid to renew their allegiance to the Founder of the Islamic Republic.
It is also marked in other countries by both Iranian and non-Iranians.