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President at the Book of the Year Award ceremony:

Islamic Revolution based on people's awareness, books, literature, enlightenment/ Let's write books, value them and criticise them/ Criticising a book shows its importance, not flaws/ US sanctions on Iranian nation a terrorist act/ US crimes should be told by a book

President described the US sanctions on the Iranian nation as a terrorist act, stating that all crimes of the United States should be publicised in a book, stating, "All indices show that Iran has not, and will not, surrender to enemies' pressure".

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Wed 05 - Februar 2020 - 19:31

Speaking on Wednesday evening at the ceremony of the 37th I. R. Iran Book of the Year Award and 27th Iran World Award for Book of the Year, Dr Hassan Rouhani emphasised, "Despite US pressure, the country's progress has not stopped and our economic growth without oil will be positive this year".

Parts of President Hassan Rouhani's speech are as follows:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

I am very glad to be present at the gathering of scholars, intellectuals and writers during the 10-day Fajr Celebration.

We have no doubt that yesterday's, today's and our future growth and glory are bound to science, knowledge and thought, and its permanence lies within books and writing, and the goal of all this is to lighten the way for people and society.

It is very important that how far our mission and duty go. And to what extent do our people have the power and the right to choose.

This is a very important point that God says I want to lighten the way, and it is you who must choose. It is very important for human to be the selector and choose its own path.

Our great revolution, which is celebrating its 41st anniversary these days, was based on the awareness of the people through books, writing, and enlightenment, and nothing else.

Two points were made here that both matter. The first point is to write book, to value it and to critique it. If we critique a book, it shows its importance, not defect. 

Critiquing a book means that it is worthy of debate and critique, and it is very valuable to both the author of the book and to the critic, and when we critique it, we encourage people to buy and read it.

Sometimes a book's popularity relies on its critique. When we critique it, it makes people pay attention to what the story is about, and that's one way of encouraging.

The second point that came up, and I think it's very important is that we have not lost our way in hard days, and that's very important. We have been under extreme economic pressure from our enemies, especially the United States, for two years, which was illegal, contrary to international obligations and regulations, and contrary to UN resolution. 

This is the first time we have come face to face with the United States. The UN resolution supports us. Sometimes the resolutions have not been very supportive, but this time the UN resolution is on our side and the US is against the resolution that it has voted to it itself. The resolution was unanimously approved by the Security Council, and for the first time - as far as I can remember – in the history of sanctions that they are sanctioning a great 83-million nation, not a specific individual or group. The fact that Americans name someone every now and then and sanction them is out of deception, in fact, they have put sanctions on 83 million people without any exception.

The fact that they do not allow us to import the parts needed for a factory means that they are working against our workers and our production. When they do not allow the needs of the country to be bought and imported into the country means that they stand against the will of the people.

I don't think any country has ever been under sanctions of medicine. Americans are lying that they haven't sanctioned medicine. When they impose sanctions on banks and create problems for our sales and export routes, this means that America is committing a terrorist act against Iran, and this is where we have to publicise this truth to the people through books, publications and speech.

Today, America is not the enemy of a government, America is a terrorist today and is conducting a terrorist action, imposing sanctions on a great nation. The United States has put pressure on a great nation of cultured and sophisticated people that has borne the responsibility of science and knowledge over centuries and millennia.

But it is very important that this does not force us to change our course. What America was pursuing by these pressures was to force us to change our path and to regret the path we are on.

Some friends sometimes tell me 'you did not think about this much political and social pressure to when you run for presidency?'. They make criticisms that if one foresees so much pressure, they should not run for presidency, but it is the other way round; if one day we see there is a difficult time then it is time to come on stage and take responsibility.

Today, all of our people and all of our producers are taking this burden. The fact that you see despite all these pressures during these 10 months, our trade volume is $72 billion means that we are not behind.

None of the great economists I talked to in recent years predicted today's situation for Iran, that we would be able to reduce inflation in the tenth month of this first year. None of these economists who talked to me thought that this year's economic growth without our oil would positive, none of them told me. 

In some sectors including the industry, our inflation is negative and, in some others, it is 0.7 per cent.

This shows a nation's resistance. America thought our nation would be easily brought to its knees, not after 20 months, but in the first three months. They thought we would ask the United States for negotiation in the sense that they want, not in the sense that we want. We want a free logical atmosphere to prevail in the negotiations.

They want to subdue us in a cruel, unequal and uninitiated negotiation, and that is impossible for the Iranian nation, any government, government, president or government, our nation will not be subjugated and that means this nation's strength.

They want to force us to surrender in unequal negotiations, and that is not possible, no matter who the president or government is, our nation will not surrender.

We also won in the legal and political field. We are, of course, under pressure against a superpower that unjustly acts against us. Just a couple of days ago, I met with the EU High Representative, and they explicitly consider America's move illegal and apologise for it in an official negotiation.

It is great work that a major power in today's world, which is the European Union or on behalf of 27 countries, talks like this.

So, all our indices show that we have not -and will not- surrender to this pressure.

Neither the books, nor any entity nor the state are uncriticisable. All institutions are criticisable. We do not have any institution or group in the country and the world that cannot be criticised.

In recent years, we faced three major issues, each of which is the United States' crimes, one of these was sanctions against the Iranian nation, which was one of the major crimes committed by the United States. Support terrorism in the region in a way was a great misconduct towards the whole region, and you see that the one who fought terrorism over the past years was assassinated by the Americans, which means that America has always been supported terrorism in a way and has not wanted it to be eradicated from the region.

The third issue is humiliating the nations of the region. The interpretation that the United States made of its supporters and the countries that depend on it was the humiliation of all the nations of the region. 'A cow that is being milked' was one of the interpretations from the nations of the region and the recent crime against the great people of Palestine and what they called, 'Deal of the Century', which is in fact the 'Crime of the Century'. What we see today is that no country, even the EU, except for a few ones, agreed with what America did. This was again one of the amateurish things we saw in this current US government. The nations of the region have stood up against all these conspiracies, and we will stand as well.

Wassalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

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