18 February 2015 - 18:18
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Cut Dependence on Petrodollars: Leader

TEHRAN Feb 18(Shana)--Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on officials to work out mechanisms for cutting the country’s dependence on oil revenues.

Addressing a group of people on Wednesday, he stressed that Iran should wean the country’s economy off oil and increase domestic production instead.

Iran can stand up to sanctions against the country and foil enemy’s plots.

“Serious work should be done. We can resist sanctions and keep the enemy from achieving its objectives,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

He added that if Iran does not resist sanctions, the enemy will set conditions for Tehran’s nuclear program and put bans on the country.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the enemy is taking maximum advantage of sanctions as a tool to stop Iran’s progress.

“If sanctions are to be used [as a tool], the Iranian nation will put sanctions on them in the future. Iran has the world’s largest total reserves of oil and [natural] gas, the gas that the world and Europe are in need of. Iran can impose sanctions on them (Western countries) if necessary,” he said.

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