Official: Despite efforts of U.S., Iranian nation gave impetus to country's development

Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 9 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/

Despite the efforts of the U.S., the Iranian nation was able to give impetus to the development of the country, Iranian deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi told Trend.

Araqchi spoke about the development of Iran, timed to the 34th anniversary of the Iranian Islamic revolution.

The official said the Islamic Revolution pushed the country's potential towards progress, adding that during these 34 years, the U.S. did their best to stop Iran's nation from development.

"Thanks to the liberation from the Shah regime, the Western states, and especially the U.S. influence, Iranian nation believed in its powers, and did a lot for country's development," he said.

Araqchi noted that during these 34 years, the U.S. did all ot could to stop the progress of Iranian nation.

As examples, he brought up the Iran-Iraq war, antipropaganda, pressure and sanctions.

"Despite all this, the Iranian nation managed to achieve a lot," Araqchi said. "In the field of scientific achievements Iran reached a level incomparable to to the one of 34 years ago. Currently, Iran holds first place in the region and 17th in the world, regarding the field of scientific development."

Further on, Araqchi said Iran made significant development in various fields of economy.

"We are self-sufficient in many fields, and Iran domestically produces a lot of goods that are needed in the country," the official said.

Speaking of politics, Araqchi said that Iran established democracy in the country, based on Islamic rules.

"Iranian people actively participate in deciding its own destiny, and each election allows us to witness that," he said.

Araqchi noted that Iran has achieved success in military sphere as well.

"We manufacture military equipment and weapons ourselves, and this is imcomparable to achievements of 34 years ago," he said.

Deputy minister underscored that today, Iran has turned into a country that is able to affect the processes happening in the region and in the world a well.

"Iran is one of the key players able to solve problems in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and Syria," Araqchi said. "Iran plays a leading role in providing security both in the region and the world. And everyone admit that without Iran solving these problems would have been impossible."

Araqchi said that if today we are able to witness the establishment of democratic regime in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places, it is because of Iran's positive role in the mentioned processes.

Mass demonstrations against the Shah's regime in Iran started in January of 1978.

On February 11, 1979 the Islamic Revolution prevailed in Iran, and the last Shah of the Persian empire Mohammad Reza Pahlevi was overthrown.

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