Apr 24, 2019 10:56 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Jun 19, 2019 09:30 Asia/Tehran]

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday reacted to the United States’ hawkish moves against the Islamic Republic’s oil sector, assuring that Iran will continue its oil exports as much as it intends.

Iran Press/Iran news: “Their efforts won’t get them anywhere.  We will export our oil as much as we need to and we intend to,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

He made the remarks in a meeting with a group of labourers from across the nation on the occasion of the National Workers Week, Iran Press reported.

“They have wishfully blocked the way for us, but the vigorous nation and vigilant officials—if they work hard and determinedly—will open many blockades,” he added.

The Leader warned the US that their hostile measure will be countered and stressed that they should know that this hostile measure will not be left without a reaction; they will receive the response to their animosity. “The Iranian nation is not a nation that would sit idle in the face of hostilities,” he added.

Ayatollah Khamenei regarded the sanctions as yet another opportunity for Iran to reform its oil sales policies, saying that “The less we rely on this form of selling our oil, the more we will be appreciative [of our oil reserves], and it is better for us.”

He referred to the many failures the enemies of the Islamic Republic have faced in their hostile measures against the Iranian nation. 

A group of labourers from across the nation met with Ayatollah Khamenei at the Hussayniyeh of Imam Khomeini (r.a), April 24, 2019

“The enemy has repeatedly taken measures—all in vain—against our great nation, Revolution and the Islamic Republic that have voiced support for justice across the world, thus fascinating other nations. Now the enemy engages in different hostile measures regarding economic issues and they say they seek to bring the Iranian nation to their knees. However, they must know that the Iranian nation won’t give in and be brought to their knees before enemies,” the leader said.

Praising the community of labourers in Iran for their sincere adherence to the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei urged officials to address issues that affect labourers and confront abuse of power against labourers by saying, “The community of laborers represents one of the most loyal social groups to the Revolution. Some, with abusive intentions, buy factories from the government and build towers in their place. All the branches of power should confront this [manipulation]. The enemy has insisted in all the possible areas of distress, and more than anything else, on the issues concerning labourers.”

He went on to say that “in all cases, the labourers have disappointed the enemy. It has been the case for forty years. The community of laborers was among the most loyal to the revolution.”

The Leader once again urged government officials to appreciate the labourers and make efforts to prevent the obliteration of factories for the sake of corporate interests. “Government officials, policymakers, and the executives should be watchful and appreciate the value of it.”

He added, “I address this to all the officials of the country, and not just the Labour Ministry. There exist people who only seek to fulfil their own interests. They buy a working factory from the government and destroy it, sell its machinery in order to rise up skyscrapers to replace them. All the branches of power should counter and prevent it.” 101/202

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