U.S. sanctions have benefited Iran because it has helped strengthen its forces and opened up new opportunities. This was stated by the country’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at a meeting with the military in Tehran, Reuters reports.
According to him, the restrictions imposed by the Americans after the Islamic Revolution of 1979 have not achieved their goal of preventing the country from having a strong air force. “Look at us now. We even build planes. We have turned their pressure into opportunities,” the ayatollah said.
Khamenei added that U.S. sanctions are a criminal act, but they help Iran. In particular, the country in this way can overcome the dependence of the economy on oil exports. He also said that Iran does not pose a threat to other states and only ensures its security. “The plots of the “enemies” against the Iranian nation are doomed to failure,” the ayatollah stressed.
On February 5, Iran’s supreme leader said the Palestinians should start a war against Israel by declaring jihad over the U.S. “deal of the century” to resolve the conflict between the countries.
Relations between the United States and Iran have once again strained after the assassination by the U.S. military of the general of the elite Iranian special unit “Al-Kuds” of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Kasem Suleimani on January 3 in Baghdad. On the night of 8 January, several American military installations in Iraq were attacked by the IRGC. After that, U.S. President Donald Trump announced the imposition of new sanctions against Tehran.
In 2018, the United States unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran and imposed economic sanctions against the country.