Summary of Remarks by Iran's Supreme Leader (Excerpts)

October 19, 2017

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear
  • Missile

In a meeting with hundreds of young elites and outstanding scientific talents, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei described the young elites of the country as a source of hope for the brilliant future of Iran, and pointed to the need for vigilance in the face of the deceit and chicanery of the Great Satan (the US). Addressing the people, officials and political and media activists, the Leader underscored seven important points about the recent issues regarding the 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).   

Ayatollah Khamenei described political dependence as very dangerous and grounds for knocking nations around and pointed to the complete removal of Iran’s dependence on the US.

“Having monitored the developments in, and actions of the Islamic Republic of Iran, enemies are strongly concerned and furious about the transformation of Iran from a backward and dependent country to an effective and influential country that enjoys ever-increasing political, defensive and scientific prowess.”   

The Leader recalled the animosity of the US regime toward the Iranian nation from the early days of the Revolution and added, “In those days, there was neither the nuclear nor the missile and regional influence issue; however, the Americans had learnt that with the victory of the Revolution, they had lost Iran as a subordinate, obedient and very beneficial country.” 

Ayatollah Khamenei described Iran’s transformation into a role model in the minds of nations as a reason for the greater fury and hopelessness of hegemonic powers and added, “Over the past 40 years, the Iranian nation has proven to the world that it is possible not to fear superpowers, stand up to them and in spite of sanctions and pressure, attain ever-increasing growth and progress.” 

He said Iran’s progress in the military and missile domains amid full-scale sanctions has drawn the astonishment and even admiration of some of the spiteful enemies and added, “An article by a Zionist general a few years ago in this regard bears witness to this reality.”  

The Leader said he did not want to waste the time of a good and useful session with young elites by responding to the US president, Ayatollah Khamenei added, “Notwithstanding, we should all pay attention to an important issue, namely, the necessity of getting to know the enemy because any nation which does not identify its enemy and considers it as a friend or impartial will certainly be subjected to threats and exposed to danger.”  

He added, “In Nahj al-Balagha, Imam Ali says ‘I won’t fall asleep and I know what is going on around me’ and the Iranian nation and officials must also not be affected by sleep and negligence, because in such a case they will launch a camisado on us and we will be plundered.”   

Pointing to the proper and correct responses of the country’s officials to Trump’s gibberish, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution said the US president and rulers as suffering from ‘retardation’ because they do not understand the developments in Iran and the region.

“They want to take back young, faithful and developed Iran to 50 years ago and, of course, this is not possible, but due to backwardness, they are incapable of understanding this reality and for this reason, they have made a miscalculation, and suffered and will suffer successive defeats at the hands of the Iranian nation.”  

The Leader of the Revolution described the very vile US regime as ‘The Great Satan’ and ‘The Greatest Evil’ as per the truly correct words of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, reiterating, “The US establishment is the agent of the dangerous and malicious international Zionism, the enemy of dependent nations and the cause of most wars in the region and the world and like a leech seeks to suck whatever the nations have.” 

He pointed to Trump’s remarks in the election campaign that Daesh had been created by the US, adding, “It is natural that US leaders would yell and speak against the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps that has dealt a blow to the dangerous objectives of the US and Daesh in the region.”

Ayatollah Khamenei described the thwarting of US plots in the region, such as in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq, as another reason for the rage and wrath of US officials and added, “The Islamic Republic has foiled the malicious US plots.”

After elucidating the reasons for the ire and disappointment of the Americans, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution stated seven important recommendations to the people, officials and political and media activists regarding the recent issues.   

For the first point, Ayatollah Khamenei stated, “Everyone should know that this time, too, the US will definitely be dealt a slap in the face and defeated by the revolutionary Iranian nation.”

The second recommendation of the Leader of the Revolution was to avoid negligence in the face of the US deceit and duplicity.

He reiterated, “The US president showing stupidity should not lead us to neglect the conspiracies and duplicity of the enemy and regard it as trivial; in fact, we should all be present on the scene with prudence, vigilance and complete readiness.” 

Ayatollah Khamenei added, “Of course, a military confrontation will not occur, but there are issues which are no less important than war; therefore, we have to anticipate them and be careful.”

As part of the third recommendation, the Leader of the Revolution pointed to hostility of the US against the elements of Iran’s power and reiterated, “Contrary [to the will] of the enemy, we should all enhance these elements.” 

He described the defence sciences and power as among the Iranian nation’s main elements of power and added, “The missile prowess should increase daily to the chagrin of the enemy.” 

Ayatollah Khamenei described the economy as among the other elements of Iran’s might and reiterated, “Serious attention must be paid to the reduction of dependence and increase of the endogenous power of the economy.”  

On the same note, the Leader of the Revolution recalled, “We have repeatedly stated that we have no issue with foreign, including Western, investment, but the economy of the country should not be dependent on a pillar that shakes with the blabber of someone like Trump.” 

He added, “Iran’s economy should be rest upon the ‘pillar of domestic capability and capacity’ and the declared policies of resistance economy should be followed upon and implemented.”

“Ignoring the impression created by the enemy” was the fourth key recommendation of the Leader of the Revolution regarding the recent developments.  

Ayatollah Khamenei said, “On the JCPOA, the enemy created the impression that if an agreement is reached all of the hostilities would be removed; we struck an agreement but the enmities grew.”

He reiterated, “There should be no statements today either that if we do not make a deal on the so and so issue, such and such would happen. This is one of the impressions made by the enemy and we should understand our expediencies ourselves and not hear them from the enemy.” 

The fifth recommendation of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, namely increasing the defensive might, stemmed from the experience of the 1980s Sacred Defence War. 

He reiterated, “In those years, Tehran was defenceless under the bombardment of Saddam [Hussein] and his Western supporters, [and] the country’s youth started from scratch and gradually reached such a capability that [caused] the enemy to stop when it witnessed our ability to respond in kind.” 

Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated, “We should also increase our defensive might now so that enemies do not grow presumptuous and brazen and are not encouraged to launch an attack and put a foot wrong.”  

In his next recommendation, the Leader of the Revolution attended to the issue of the Europeans’ approach to the recent issue. 

He said, “Understanding that the JCPOA is in the interests of themselves and the Americans, the Europeans expressed opposition to the remarks of the US president about tearing up the JCPOA and the adoption of this stance is good but not enough.”  

The Leader of the Revolution said, “So long as the other side has not torn up the JCPOA, we will not tear it up either; however, if they tear up the JCPOA, we will shred it.”

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution reiterated, “The Europeans must stand up against the US measures such as the violation of the JCPOA including the sanctions that they anticipate to emerge from Congress and avoid unanimity with the Americans on issues such as Iran’s defensive power and the presence of Iran in the region because we will by no means accept the unison of the Europeans with the bullying of the US.” 

On the same note, the Leader of the Revolution added, “Those who have atomic missiles and weapons are prohibiting Iran from possessing missiles with two or three thousand kilometer [ranges]. What concern of yours is this issue or other matters related to Iran?”