Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, September 16, 2019—Eshaq Jahangiri, vice president of the Iranian regime, admitted on Saturday that his regime’s priority in economic decisions is “the security and preservation” of the regime.
Jahangiri, who was speaking at the introduction ceremony of the regime’s new education minister, said, “No one said the economic decisions adopted in 2018 were based on economic science. Security was the main issue in those decisions, especially since we had precise information about which regional country wanted to spend money and apply pressure against us.”
Jahangiri added, “The U.S. is exerting maximum pressure to force the collapse of the Islamic Republic. Their minimum goal was the collapse of the economy. The U.S. put pressure on countries that we would never have thought of, and under such pressure, some friendly countries didn’t cooperate with us in purchasing oil.”
Jahangiri’s comments come against the backdrop of ongoing protests in many Iranian cities against the regime’s destructive economic policies and the broken state of the country’s economy. Workers, teachers, truckers, farmers, pensioners and representative from other segments of the Iranian population are regularly taking to the streets to protest against the trampling of their most basic rights. Unpaid wages, unemployment and poverty have become a common sight in all corners of Iran.
In their protests, the people are regularly blaming the regime’s military and terrorist spending as one of the main sources of their miseries. “Leave Syria, think about us,” and “Not Gaza, not Lebanon, my life for Iran” are some of the slogans that have become popular in protests
As Jahahgiri has clearly stated, the Iranian regime’s priority is not to serve the needs of the Iranian people but to further fulfill its “security” needs, such as developing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons, or propping up its allies and proxies in the region. On Saturday, the regime launched a major missile and drone attack against a huge oil complex in Saudi Arabia, destroying large parts of the facility and considerable amounts of the country’s oil supplies.
Every year, the regime spends billions of dollars to fund the Assad regime in Syria, the Hezbollah in Lebanon, Shiite militias in Iraq and the Houthis in Yemen. During the presidency of Hassan Rouhani, which many in the west consider a “moderate” figure, the Iranian regime’s military and terrorist spending has increased by considerable amounts. Meanwhile, the country’s economy continues to dwindle and spiral into bankruptcy and recession.