Supreme Leader: Enemies provoked riots to disrupt Iran's scientific progress

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in a meeting with members of the Expediency Council here on Wednesday morning said that the foreign enemies fomented riots and unrests in Iran to prevent the country from making scientific progress in different fields.

"The issue of the enemies’ interference in the recent street riots in Iran is recognized by everyone. Even impartial non-Iranian experts have explicitly stated this," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Supreme Leader pointed out that the recent riots are not something spontaneous and coming from within, adding that the onslaught of propaganda, influencing people's thinking, provoking excitement, actions such as teaching how to make Molotov cocktails are clear examples of what the enemy is doing.

"The enemies planning in the recent riots in Iran has been a passive reaction, not initiative. In a short time, the Iranian nation has carried out several great movements that are 180 degrees against the policies of the global Arrogant Powers. That is why they had to react," he added.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the enemy saw the Iranian nation's successes and them emerging in the region and beyond, adding that they could not tolerate it and tried to plan riots in Iran for early October. "But what is important is that the enemy’s action was reactive. It is the Iranian nation that has taken the initiative."

"The Iranian nation’s taking the initiative in confronting the Arrogant Powers attracts other nations to Iran. The Iranian nation’s moves reflect their religious inclination and the youth’s high-spiritedness. This is naturally 180 degrees against what the US wants to see in Iran," he added.

The Supreme Leader further said that those who participated in the riots are not all of the same type, clarifying, "Some are agents of or in line with the enemy. Others are just agitated. They should not be judged the same. For the latter, cultural work is needed. For the former, judiciary and security officials must do their duty."

The meeting was held at Imam Khomeini Mosque in Tehran.

The Supreme Leader through a verdict selected the members of the new round of the Council about three weeks ago.

Due to the Leader's order, some new members were added to the Council and some left it.

Based on Article 112 of the Islamic Republic’s Constitution, the Expediency Council hold meetings about issues approved by the Parliament but rejected by the Guardian Council because are against the Constitution or the Islamic law or about issues referred to them by the Supreme Leader.

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