Ayatollah Khamenei

Imposing New Sanctions and Renewing Old Sanctions Are Both Violations of Agreements

Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, met Sunday afternoon with navy commanders and officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army on the occasion of Navy Day.

Describing the achievements and capabilities of the Navy in the areas of manpower, command and technical affairs as noteworthy and praiseworthy, His Eminence stressed the importance of finalizing projects, preserving strength, and avoiding hastiness in carrying out tasks, reiterating: “The requirement for eliminating shortcomings is having firm determination and refusing to give in to limitations and restrictions.”

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution highlighted the importance of the seafaring industry in the progress of some countries and added: “Our country enjoys vast sea borders and a long history in seafaring. Therefore, the power and capability of the Navy of the Islamic Republic should befit the status of our Islamic government and the history of this country.”

Ayatollah Khamenei stated that the powerful presence of the Navy in international waters will increase the power and capability of the country. He said: “The depth of presence in international waters should increase.”

His Eminence stressed the necessity of pursuing projects and tasks until the desired results are produced, saying: “Leaving tasks unfinished will raise certain questions and it will be problematic. Unfortunately in the present time, this situation is witnessed in some areas of the country, an example of which is the issue of the extraordinary high salaries. This issue is one of the important issues whose result was not clarified for the people and they still have some questions about it in their minds.”

The necessity to preserve strength and to avoid hastiness and carelessness in affairs was another point that the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution raised: “Every task should be started in a powerful way because hastiness in affairs will be problematic. Unfortunately, there are certain examples in this regard as well.”

Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the issue of the nuclear negotiations and added: “In those negotiations, there were many discussions about sanctions, but in the present time, the U.S. Congress is bringing up the issue of renewing sanctions and they claim that this is not a new set of sanctions, but that it is a renewal of them!”

His Eminence mentioned: “There is not any difference between imposing new sanctions and re-imposing the old ones again after the end of their term. The latter are sanctions as well and they are a violation of previous commitments by the other side.”

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution reiterated that the emergence of such problems is due to hastiness in carrying out tasks: “When we are in a rush to finish tasks soon and to get some results, we ignore the details. Sometimes, ignoring a peripheral issue creates a rift and a negative impact in the accomplishment of that task. Therefore, we should be careful so that tasks are carried out in a sound and firm manner and at appropriate speed.”