Leader of Iran: Enemies target people, religion
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has warned against enemy plots to target the Iranian people and their religion, Press TV reported.
"Enemies of the Islamic Revolution who intend to inflict damage on the revolution have two main targets, including the religion of the people and their devotion to the revolution," said Ayatollah Khamenei in an address to a huge crowd of enthusiastic people in the holy city of Qom on Tuesday.
The Leader added that enemies are well aware of the fact that the Islamic Revolution could not resist against their plots if it were not based on religion.
"An establishment which is based on religion will not yield to pressure of enemies and bullying powers," Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The Leader reiterated that the Iranian nation has always supported the Islamic Revolution and said the Islamic establishment could not resist against enemies if the Iranians did not have a complete presence in all scenes and if there were a rift between the people and the country's officials.
The Leader pointed to the presence of 40 million Iranians in last year's presidential election, saying it vaccinated the Islamic Revolution against social and political microbes and increased the people's insight.
He emphasized that the country's enemies failed to create a rift between the Iranian nation and the officials of the Islamic establishment.
Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out that enemies were irked by the presence of 40 million people in the election, adding that all their efforts in this regard failed.
The Leader downplayed sanctions against the Islamic Republic over its nuclear energy program and said sanctions were aimed at exerting pressure on the nation to cause the separation of the people from the Islamic establishment.
"By God's grace, sanctions will have no impact on the Iranian nation," he said. "Today, Iranians are moving towards a bright future with more progress and will thwart enemies' plots."
The Leader said enemies are following up two main issues which include Islam without clergymen and Islam without politics and added enemies know that clerics play an effective role in the lives of people.
He further added that the country's enemies have raised doubts about religious values in an attempt to weaken the pillars of people's faith and continued, "Enemies intend to disappoint people with the country's officials and sow the seed of pessimism."
Ayatollah Khamenei criticized those who are spreading rumors about the Iranian government and its achievements, saying, "Such moves are not in line with the interests of the country's future."
He further urged the Iranian nation to maintain national unity and strengthen its solidarity with the three branches of the state.