Iran denies discrepancy between nuclear deal and resistance economy
Tehran, Iran, December 1
By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:
Ali Larijani, speaker of the Iranian Parliament, has said that the country's comprehensive nuclear deal falls within the contours of the resistance economy notion.
While speaking on the occasion of Iran's Parliament Day, Larijani told Trend that there is no discrepancy between the nuclear deal and resistance economy, Trend's correspondent reported from Tehran December 1.
Iran's nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is an attempt by Iran and the group 5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) to gain desired benefits, that is, while Iran has to restrict its nuclear program to buy the trust of Western powers about the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities, the country can engage in economic relations with the world as a sanction relief is given to Iran in return.
However, the resistance economy, a notion introduced by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stresses the minimum economic reliance on foreign countries as a bid to immune the country's economy in harsh times.
With the JCPOA on hand, the Iranian government has given promises of opening up to the world and using economic cooperation opportunities.
The government in particular has stressed that for a post-sanction development, Iran needs foreign investment, technology, and services.
Yet, Larijani said that Iran is going to use foreign investments and technology for boosting domestic production and not only boost self-reliance, but also enjoy the export of surplus products.
He asserted that the foreign investments should not go into buying consumer goods, a notion stressed by Ayatollah Khamenei in his recent letter to President Hassan Rouhani says.
While endorsing the JCPOA, the letter warned against turning Iran into a market especially for Western consumer goods.