TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - “Today, the Islamic establishment is faced with an all-out economic war, which is being led from a war room with full precision and hard work,” said the Leader in a meeting on Thursday with members of Iran’s Assembly of Experts.
In parallel, Ayatollah Khamenei added, a media propaganda campaign is underway against Iran, which he said is “of importance.”
The Leader further said the media propaganda campaign against the country is “nothing new,” but it has recently gathered pace.
The spy services of the US and the Israeli regime – backed by rich regional countries near Iran – have set up apparatuses to push ahead with the media campaign, which is aimed at befouling the climate of Iranian media and society, the Leader stated.
“The goal of this war is to prompt worry, disappointment, desperation as well as pessimism among people towards each other and the state institutions and to exaggerate the economic difficulties,” the Leader added.
The Leader referred to the highly negative media coverage of the recent drop in the value of Iran’s national rial currency by the ill-wishers as an example of enemy attempts to bold Iran’s economic problems.
Ayatollah Khamenei further called for stronger unity and national convergence at the current “sensitive” juncture.
This sensitivity, Ayatollah Khamenei added, is not because Iran’s enemies are powerful or great in number. They have always been hatching a myriad of abortive plots against the country over the past four decades, he said.
“The sensitivity of these conditions is due to the fact that the Islamic establishment has stepped on a new path and put forward new points of view, moving against the tide of the hegemonic system,” the Leader added.
Ayatollah Khamenei also called on all sides in Iran to stay vigilant in the face of the new hostile campaign against Iran, warning against any action that could fuel the ongoing propaganda war.
The Leader also called for “convergence among people and administrative institutions,” stressing that no administration would be able to keep up its work without the nation’s support.
“The cure for the problem is to work to establish a healthy relationship between the public opinion and the institutions in charge, make comments and voice criticisms, and at the same time, help the administration spiritually and practically,” he added.
People should not lose their trust in the government, said the Leader, calling for more confidence-building measures by state institutions to allay people’s concerns.