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Iran’s Supreme Leader warns of putting nuclear deal aside

Tehran, Iran's Supreme Leader warned that if the nuclear deal cannot protect the country's national interests, Tehran will pull it aside.

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei's remarks at a meeting with the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his cabinet members on Wednesday were in reference to the landmark deal signed by Iran on one side and the world major powers on the other in 2015.

The US President Donald Trump on May 8 declared that Washington unilaterally pulled out of the deal, but the European signatories have vowed to cover the losses caused by the US withdrawal for Iran.

'It is fine to establish ties, continue negotiations with Europe; however, you should stop having hopes in them on the issues like the JCPOA or economic matters. You should strictly watch over the process of dealing with the matters, approaching their promises with wariness,' said.

At this meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei tapped on the economic problems caused by internal as well as external factors and stated: The enemy has targeted the economy of Iran because there already existed some economic problems and shortcomings. 'In the area of economy, we should act vigorously and extensively, to fill all the gaps; these are all possible; there is no dead end in managing the country's economy.'

Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that officials in charge of the economy sector must work hard, keeping up with the goals of Economy of Resistance. The quality and extent of work by the officials in charge of the Economy Sector must be such that they work round the clock. And the pivot of all the efforts being made in this sector must be in line with the policies of the Economy of Resistance�which entails empowering domestic production, said the Supreme Leader.

The Leader of the Revolution described Resistance Economy as safeguarding the country against enemies and said 'Policies of the Economy of Resistance represent both building a stronghold against the enemy and empowering the nation for making progress and moving forward. Thus, the Economy of Resistance that revolves around domestic production has both defensive and offensive features.'

Ayatollah Khamenei also called for endorsing solidarity among officials of the country and asserted: Today solidarity and unity of Iranian officials are needed more than ever. The heads of the different branches of power, as well as the officials working at various sectors must cooperate and support one another. In particular, everyone should help the administration, because it is the entity at the center.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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