Iran’s Khamenei Calls on Officials to Combat Corruption

Friday, 9 February, 2018 - 13:15
London - Asharq Al-Awsat

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei described corruption in Iran as a “seven-headed dragon”, calling on Iranian officials to combat and cut off its head in the regime.

Khamenei claimed that the reason why “enemies” are rounding up on Iran is to prevent it from reaping the rewards of the Iranian revolution. In defining the word “enemies”, he said that it included people whose governments were ousted by the revolution.

The supreme leader made his statements in a speech before a gathering of the Iranian Air Force and Air Defense personnel.

In addition, he defended his country’s role in the region, saying that the US attempted to eliminate the resistance, but it failed and will continue to fail.

Khamenei criticized also criticized Washington’s claims that Iran was sending ballistic missiles to Houthis in Yemen.

This marked the first time that he comments on accusations that Tehran was dispatching arms to its militias.

Referring to US President Donald Trump’s admission that Washington itself had created and supported ISIS, Khamenei said that the terrorist group probably received training on violent and barbaric methods by US contractors, such as Blackwater.

He also tackled the latest protests that swept more than 80 Iranian cities, saying that the “enemy is bent on confronting the regime by any means.”

He noted that apart from the cyberspace, the enemy resorted to sanctions to impact the Iranian people’s lives. He stated however that they have failed to weaken their faith in the revolution.

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