Leader: New Year, time for new opportunities
Tehran, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei dubbed the new Iranian year as a time fo 'Boosting Production' and it will bring new opportunities for all.
The Leader made the remarks in the city of Mashad where he was addressing a huge gathering of people in the first day of the new calendar year in Iran.
Thousands of the city's residents as well as visitors who were in the city for a pilgrimage to the holy shrine of the 8th Shiite Imam gathered to hear the speech.
He extended his congratulations to the nation over the New Year as well as the nations that celebrate Nowruz, and said Ayatollah Khamenei addressed his audience by calling the new Persian Year as the year of opportunities.
'Some have suggested that this year is a year of threats. I do not believe in that at all. I believe the Persian year 1398 is the year of opportunities, by God's grace, the year of productivity and success,' the Supreme Leader said.
The Supreme Leader described those inside the country who constantly talk negatively about the year ahead as influenced by the propaganda of the enemies.
'Of course those who suggest other views, and constantly threaten that unfavorable things will happen, are under the influence of the enemies' propaganda, whether knowingly or unknowingly,' he added.
Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated that the enemies of this nation, in addition to all other things they do, they also engage in a psychological warfare and spread of propaganda.
'These propaganda must be known as they are. They had the same propaganda for the year 1397 aimed at trying to frighten people,' he added.
Referring to the US officials, the Leader once named 'Firstrate Idiots', Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that the United States has failed in their calculations against Iran, and said: One of those idiots said that if they withdrew from the JCPOA, the people of Iran would go on riots and the people would not be able afford even bread.
Another of these idiots suggested that US officials would celebrate 2019 in Tehran.
Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the faulty analysis offered by the United States regarding Iran's situation and elaborated on the reason behind these poor analysis by stating that: Is their analysis really so out of touch regarding the events in the region and the country? Are they seriously suggesting such analysis, which is only another sign of their idiocy? Or do they offer such analysis as part of their psychological warfare, so they are publicizing these words all over the world out of malice? I am not sure which the case is. It could be both idiocy and malice.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA