After the sanctions imposed by Washington on Tehran because of its non-compliance with the terms of the nuclear agreement and its destabilizing policies in the region, recognition of suffering came from inside Iran and from the top of the power pyramid.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a televised speech on Thursday that Iran was “facing a sensitive period because of American threats and economic difficulties.”
Khamenei addressed the Basij militia and senior commanders of the Revolutionary Guard, Iran’s most important military arm, to intervene in the affairs of the region.
“Our meeting comes at a sensitive stage for our country and the region, especially for the Iranian people,” he said.
In an allusion to the Iranian people begging for more economic and livelihood pressures, Khamenei sent a message to the Iranians.
“Our people do not accept breaking and it is not just a slogan,” he said.
Over the past months, Iran has been living in the throes of mass popular protests against government policies that have drained the country’s resources into wars outside borders rather than being used internally.
A large segment of the Iranian population suffers from deteriorating living conditions, with the local currency falling to unprecedented levels, as well as widespread corruption and unemployment among young people.
Tensions between Iran and the United States rose after US President Donald Trump announced Washington’s withdrawal from the multilateral nuclear deal with Tehran and re-imposed sanctions.
The United States plans to extend sanctions to the oil and banking sectors in November, and Washington seeks to deliver Tehran’s oil exports to zero.