Press Shia – Hujjat al-Islam Toyserkani described the sanctions of the enemies as “ineffective” against the determination and will of the revolutionary forces and the Basij because due to the effect of the sanctions, the domestic abilities flourish and the capabilities of the country are put to use.
Press Shia – In an exclusive interview with Press Shia News Agency, Hujjat al-Islam Mohammad-Reza Toyserkani, the representative of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution [Ayatollah Khamenei] in the Basij Organization, referred to the new sanctions imposed by the United States against some banks and financial institutions affiliated with the Basij Cooperative Foundation in Iran and said, “Just as Ayatollah Khamenei has repeatedly emphasized, the issue of sanctions isn’t a new issue. Iran has been subject to comprehensive sanctions by the arrogant front since the victory of the Islamic Revolution.”
The Iranian cleric added, “Therefore, the Iranian people pay the sufficient and necessary attention to this point because on the front of the warfare, the enemies are suggesting that the sanctions are a new, effective and crippling issue and have destructive effects on Iran’s culture, politics and economy while the reality is something else because the sanctions are an old, recurring and ineffective weapon.”
He described the sanctions of the enemies as “ineffective” against the determination and will of the revolutionary forces and the Basij and said, “In the view of the revolutionary and Basiji forces, when the country is subject to sanctions, it’s something to be happy about because due to the effect of the sanctions, the domestic abilities flourish and the capabilities of the country are put to use. Due to the sanctions on the Iranian nation, the country will soon become independent and national dignity will emerge.”
Hujjat al-Islam Toyserkani continued, “Due to the sanctions, national unity is realized, unemployment is abolished, external perspectives are diminished and domestic perspectives are strengthened. As a result of the sanctions, the hidden assistance [of God] is the destiny of the Iranian people and the Islamic Republic will be victorious. As a result, the sanctions shatter the fragile dignity and magnificence of the enemies. Due to the sanctions, the free nations feel an identity and the means for freedom is provided to the governments of the region. Thus, the sanctions have many positive effects and blessings.”
His Eminence spoke about the role of the media in reflecting the positive effects of the sanctions, saying, “The media has a great responsibility and must work around the positive effects of the sanctions because the enemies want to make the Iran nation fearful of the sanctions. Fear of the sanctions is the demand of the enemies. The enemies interfere through the internet in a variety of ways and with various mechanisms. They have the power to promote and foment the fear of sanctions, while we embrace the sanctions.”
He emphasized that the truth of the Islamic Revolution and the truth in the Islamic system must be explained more to the people than before and said, “The enemies want to achieve their goals by creating a false impression of the Iranian nation and the Islamic Republic, as well as a false impression of the arrogant front. The media must expose these misconceptions and explain the true aspects of the Islamic system and the hegemonic system.”
In conclusion, Hujjat al-Islam Toyserkani said, “According to the Supreme Leader, an explanatory jihad in these two arenas must begin by the media. The media must be involved in various ways such as conferences, festivals, producing video clips, poetry, books, photographs and, in general, by making use of various artistic mechanisms, they can make these events blessed.”