The Supreme Leader for Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has leveled accusations against US of trying to stir anti-government protests by placing sanctions which according to him are aimed at bankrupting the country.
Rulers of Iran have tried to avoid a revival of anti-government turbulence that has shaken the country in recent years; It started with protests over economic hardship but turned political, with demonstrators demanding top officials to step down. Per what authorities have said street protests will be dealt with “decisively”.
“Their [The US] short-term goal was to make our people so fed up and tired that they would stand up against the (ruling) system,” Khamenei announced in a televised speech on Friday marking the Muslim religious holiday of Eid al-Adha.
“Their long-term aim is to bankrupt the country, the state, in other words to make the economy collapse.”
In addition to the US sanctions, Iran’s economy has been badly hit by a fall in oil prices, as well as the coronavirus crisis. Iran has one of the highest death tolls in the Middle East from the pandemic.
Source; Aljazeera news