Iran's Leader calls sanctions crime and treason against Iranians

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Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says it is weird that some still worship the US as their idol despite the country’s election fiasco, paralyzed economy, and human rights records.

“Today we can see what that big idol has turned into. This is their democracy. This is their election fiasco. This is their human rights: they kill a Black person once in every couple of hours or days, and the murderer is not prosecuted. These are 'American values' ​​that today are ridiculed. This is their paralyzed economy. The US economy is truly paralyzed,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in televised speech on Friday.

“More weirdly, some still worship America,” the Leader added.

The Leader said the result of US presence in Iran [before the 1979 Revolution] was economic and scientific poverty, and corruption.

“Some think if we reconcile and interact with the US, [Iran] will turn into a paradise,” the Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei further noted the Americans admit that their interests are secured by creating instability in the region.

“The US sees its interests in regional instability under the current circumstances, unless it is the dominant power in the region,” he added.

“This is what they have admitted. A famous expert of one of these American think tanks clearly said that ‘we are not after stability in Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon’. The main issue is not whether instability is needed in these countries. Rather it is how to create that instability. Once with Daesh and once with the 2009 sedition (post-election riots in Iran) or the things they do in the region,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Leader stressed that Iran stood against the US’ bid to create instability in the country.

“In 2009, the US wanted to make Iran unstable. But that happened to themselves in 2020-21. You saw the people who breached the US Congress. The Americans sought to do the same in Iran. They wanted to create chaos and trigger a civil war,” Ayatollah Khamenei added.

'No American or British vaccine'

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Leader expressed his opposition to the import of COVID-19 vaccines produced by the US and Britain.

"I have already said it to government officials, and now announce it publicly. The import of American and British vaccines is prohibited,” the Leader noted.

“Had the Americans managed to produce a vaccine, they would not have faced such a mess today in their own country," Ayatollah Khamenei said, referring to some 4,000 daily COVID-19 fatalities in the US.

"I really don't trust them. Sometimes they want to test the vaccine on other nations," the Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei also noted that he is not optimistic about France as the country was involved in infected blood scandal in early 1990s.

The Leader stressed, however, that the Iranian government is allowed to supply the COVID vaccine from other reliable sources.

Ayatollah Khamenei also hailed the domestically-developed Iranian coronavirus vaccine, calling it a source of pride and honor, and stressing that this should not be denied. The Leader noted that the human trials of the Iranian vaccine were conducted in one case and they succeeded.

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