One of the points that I would like to stress is the presence and the plots of the enemy. I do not want to allow this point to slip anyone's mind... The enemy is busy showing enmity.
They have imposed #sanctions on us. Sanctions surely create some problems for the country. There is no doubt about this, but sanctions have helped us to open our eyes upon our own resources. We had many capacities, but we were not aware of them. We used to ignore them, but when they imposed sanctions on us, we collected ourselves. We looked around and we found the existing #domestic_capacities and we benefitted from them. ~Ayatollah Khamenei, 3/8/17