Raeisi made the remarks on Tuesday in an address to a parliamentary session on mulling the qualification of Mohammad Hadi Zahedi Vafa as the president’s nominee for the post of labor minister.
“We are indifferent to all the sanctions and obstacles that the enemy has created and we are making efforts to remove and neutralize the sanctions in a fair and dignified manner,” he said.
He added that the enemy knows well that its so-called maximum pressure policy against Iran has failed miserably, saying, “The enemy officially admits that the sanctions have failed to impact the Iranian nation…The enemy is angry at [Iran’s] progress.”
Raeisi hailed the vigilance of the Iranian people in the face of the enemy’s plots during recent foreign-backed riots across the country, which erupted following the death of a young Iranian woman in a hospital days after collapsing at a police station in the capital Tehran.
He said the presence of millions of Iranians in the scene in support of the country’s values and their expression of hatred towards the rioters foiled the enemy’s conspiracies.
He also hailed the wise guidance and analysis of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei regarding the issue, saying that as mentioned by the Leader, the enemy seeks to hinder Iran’s progress.
Protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman who fainted at a police station on September 16 and was later pronounced dead at a hospital, erupted first in her native province of Kordestan and later spread to other parts of the country, including Tehran.
The protests soon turned violent, with foreign-backed rioters going on the rampage in several cities, attacking security officers, resorting to vandalism against public property, and desecrating religious sanctities.
Speaking in an address to military cadets in Tehran on Monday, Ayatollah Khamenei severely censured the deadly riots, saying they were orchestrated in advance by the United States and the Israeli regime.
“I state it clearly that these developments were planned by America, the Zionist regime and their acolytes. Their main problem is with a strong and independent Iran and the country’s progress. The Iranian nation proved to be fairly strong during recent events and will bravely come onto the scene wherever necessary in the future,” the Leader said.