Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today warned Iranian officials of divisions within their ranks over worsening economic situation highlighted by the collapse of the national currency, the rial.
“The country's officials should know and accept their responsibilities and not blame each other,” Khamenei said in a nationally televised speech in the northeastern city of Bojnourd. “They should be united and sympathize with each other.”
There are increasing signs that the currency fiasco has hurt the government's credibility and threatens to aggravate inflation.
In his speech, Ayatollah Khamenei called the Western sanctions against Iran “illogical and barbaric,” and acknowledged that inflation and unemployment were pressing problems. But he insisted that Iran would eventually withstand sanctions.