Iran can overcome problems caused by "barbaric" economic sanctions that Western states have imposed over its nuclear programme, its supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said yesterday (10th). "These sanctions are barbaric. This is a war against a nation... But the Iranian nation will defeat them," Khamenei said in a speech broadcast on state television.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, considered as the ‘the all-powerful leader’ in Iran said the sanctions had created "problems" for the country, and that "some mismanagement" of the draconian measures was adding to those problems. However, he did not elaborate.
"This is not an issue that the Islamic republic cannot resolve. With the grace of God, the Iranian nation will overcome all these problems," he said.
Khamenei accused the West of "lying" over its offer to lift sanctions in return for Iran furnishing guarantees to back its claims its atomic programme is intended for civilian purposes only.
The West suspects Iran is seeking a nuclear weapons capacity, despite repeated denials from Tehran.
In addition to the punitive measures, the West is involved in talks with Tehran on the nuclear impasse, but those negotiations have stalled for years.
Khamenei also rejected the notion that sanctions were linked to Iran's nuclear efforts, as the West claims they are.
"The enemies -- the US and some European governments -- are nowadays linking the sanctions to of nuclear energy. They are lying," he said.
The supreme leader argued that his country has been targeted by sanctions since the 1979 Islamic revolution for its "independence and resistance" against world powers.
Tehran is under several sets of international sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council.