Vice-Speaker: Western Sanctions Brought Iran Self-Sufficiency

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The anti-Iran western sanctions, in effect since the victory of Islamic Revolution, have resulted in the country’s self-sufficiency and reliance on its local potentials, vice-speaker of the Iranian parliament said on Monday.

Vice-Speaker: Western Sanctions Brought Iran Self-Sufficiency

“The western sanctions and economic blockade against Iran, in place since the Islamic Revolution’s victory  (in 1979), have led to Iran’s self-sufficiency and reliance on the science and knowledge of local elites and scientists,” Seyed Mohammad Hassan Abu Torabifard said on Monday in a meeting with a group of Yemeni parliamentarians here in Tehran.

He cited the advances in the field of peaceful nuclear technology as a good example of the country's progress.

In relevant remarks on August 6, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei had also praised Iran's eye-catching progress in scientific fields, saying the growth was much greater than the world's average.

Addressing a group of academic figures here in Tehran at the time, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the reliable international scientific studies, and stated that "Iran’s scientific growth during the past 12 years grew 16 times more than before and Iran’s scientific growth is 13 times higher than the world's average rate.”

The Leader also denounced some western states for their attempts to hinder Iran’s scientific progress by imposing illegal sanctions against the country.

“Contrary to its claims, the hostile and obstinate front formed against the Islamic establishment and the Iranian nation, is made up of only a few western domineering countries, and spares no efforts to impede Iran’s scientific progress,” Ayatollah Khamenei underlined.

The Leader further called for the continuation of the country’s scientific progress, saying a part of the current sanctions and pressure against Iran is meant to prevent the Iranian nation from achieving scientific progress.

The Leader stated that the victory of the Islamic Revolution was the main reason for Iran’s progress, and the country’s enemies have not been able to hinder the country’s scientific achievements ever since.

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