tv Iranian President Hassan Rouhani CSPAN February 11, 2016 11:21pm-12:01am EST
tehran. to commemorate the 37th anniversary of iran's 1979 islamic revolution. he also talked about the iran nuclear deal. and encouraged high turnout in the upcoming iranian elections. this 35-minute event is courtesy of iran's state-run channel, press tv. mr. rouhani: led by the supreme leader of the islamic revolution, and all freedom seekers around the world, across the globe, i'd like to congratulate all of them on this occasion. hello and greetings to the lofty soul of the late imam khomeini.
the founding father of the islamic republic of iran. and also i'd like to announce a greeting to the souls of all the martyrs of the islamic revolution and the holy defense era. -- to the s to the 12th shi'ite imam. we ears ago, on such a day, witnessed the popular uprising of the iranian people in order of the fate of their country and they emerged victorious. the people of iran, they had
en for hundreds of years nder the domination of a dam nearing system and -- of a dam nearing system -- domineering system and an autocrat was ruling the country and ruled the fate of the country. people had taken part in different uprisings and movements, including the great, the constitutionalism uprising. despite some successes and victories that people had gained, they had not been able o topple the autocratic system by then. also, it had been for dozens of ars that foreign powers,
especially the united states, they had been ruling and they had the fate of the people in their hands. people could no longer and tand autocracy colonialism and domination of foreign powers. they could no longer put up with that. , ey were seeking independence freedom and an islamic republic. -- and they used these three slogans and they mansioned -- managed to regain their independence and put an end to foreign domination.
and they managed to secure freedom and gain freedom and within the framework of islam and religious values they managed to establish a system which they desired through an overwhelming majority of votes, of popular vote. anybody has that any doubt about the fact that no social movement can take shape and can become successful nless it comes from the bottom of the region and unless it had een led by the top religious figure of the time and a
reliable leader for the people. and also if it weren't for that, it had not been for that, popular mobilization would not have happened. if lso i don't think that younger if the generation had not contributed to that and if islam had not been on the scene along with the people and if culture and religion not been contributing to the overwhelming majority of votes of people, the movement would not have been able to establish a system desired by the people and respected by all countries around the world in the late 20th century. a combination of all these factors, actually this is
something that was stressed by the late imam khomeini, an islamic republic. he said the islamic republic is what we want. ot one word more, not one word less. if had had -- if it had not been like this, we would not have been witnessing such a major change and overhaul in our society. this was the demand of the people, what people had wanted for dozens of years. words of imam were the manifestation of the demand of the people and the whole world, all countries around the world, in the face of this popular movement andrievlusion, the whole world was shocked and they saw how a religious leader
and a spiritual leader could be so influential in the contemporary world and how influential can his words be. all of us know very well that e islamic revolution of iran was not only a political revolution, although it is closely linked to politics. however, the key point is morality and ethics. and morality has always taken precedence over politics. the late imam, through islamic ethics, managed to very artistically speaking, of spear the ged to revolution on and to pass it
through vengeance and hatred and if the late imam had not been able to do that, then our country would have been gripped by civil war for a long time. it was the people who, through the guidance and guidelines of the late imam khomeini, and also the islamic ethics, the ople put flowers on guns and a wed how attractive revolution can be. so that a revolution can guide everybody on the path to righteousness and justice. our revolution was based on ethics, based on peace, it was a peaceful one, it was a revolution without any grudge and vengeance and violence. the religion of islam is the messenger of justice,
moderation, kindness and fraternity for all mankind. of course our people during the revolution era, in order to stabilize the revolution, and in the are victimized. they are sacrifice. many people were martyred. the country is rich for years, actually treato people in the third world from their point of view, and they were used to talking to the iranian people in the language of force. , after 14tries today
, they had failed well. people who will never succumb to any pressure in any threat, and they will not bow down to threats and pressures. people of iran, the those whoople were stood up to foreign aggression during eight years of imposed war. they stood up to aggressors. they show the world through resistance and power they would stand up to any aggression. it was the iranian people who resisted the unprecedented international sanctions. they never bowed to those.
only actually can stand up to , and make them submit and go down to suffer defeat. in the field of diplomacy and argumentation, this powerscan also overcome and is able to safeguard its national interest. maintain its national unity. under the guidelines of the nullify unjustn resolutions issued by the security council against it and have them nullify.
they can nullify all the revolutions. and make them history. show the world the iranian people. it was proven that this was a lie. they said that i ran was seeking to make mass destruction and weapons. this wasoven unsubstantiated and falls. the board of governors has , theted that even the u.n. united nations has accepted it. opinion knowsic it very well that the zionist and hegemonic powers,
and the united states propaganda was against iran, was sheer lies. the iranian people are peaceloving nation. ap seeking nation. it by gods'srce, grace, through the help of the people and with the guidelines of the leader of the islamic toolution, we manage project,make the iran make it go down in defeat. we tried to manage to show to we would like to have a peaceloving, peaceful life next to other friendly
nations in the region. to threat which any threat global peace and security and threats, they said that i run was threatening the world, all these claims were baseless. which in a situation in we are witnessing that over the past 37 years, the islamic revolution has been stabilized. which will usher progress, national pride. arey is a day which we witnessing after 37 years world powers have come to understand not aanian government is
temporary government. the iranian government is not one which can be isolated. the iranian nation is not one which can be defeated. remove the power of the iranian nation from the international frame. the whole world has the power admitted actually their mistakes over the past 37 years. they have acknowledged their mistakes. the whole world. they witness the president of russia came to tehran and we had some agreement signed.
they deserve the best airspace and rain space. ground transportation space. by god's grace and through the help of the people and the presence of the people, a good and dignified iran that will build more and better than before through the economy of resistance. we will build iran. we are in a situation. population,trong the braveeople, younger generation, most of them are graduates, university
graduates from good universities . we have the capability to economically compete with the world. for engagement, for joint ventures, partnerships. and by god's grace. we will continue that path. day when party should confront each other. handserybody should join and remain united. confrontation and standoff and bickering runs counter to national interest. secure national
progress and develop, we need national consensus. us, we should work national. we need a national joint plan of action to further develop the country. the prudence and capability of this nation, their higher education, their facilities, their natural resources, financial resources and facilities, we can use all of them to move on the path to progress. material life and the scriptural life. plan thee development leader ordered, instructed us to
raise 8% economic growth. nationalo mobilize all potentialities and activate in addition to that. we need to between 30 and $50 haveon a year in order to foreign investment. this is possible. the reason is the changes, which have taken place over the recent 2-3 years in our country, despite the fact that it still place, in the field of energy, we manage over the past two and a half years, we fleetle to increase our production for household
on the path to progress. even in thessing wasgy sector, our income $16 million in the past. tos year it has increased $18 billion. next year that figure will increase to $24 billion. that means our country is able progress, the path to times. -- even intel we have been able to be the top electricity producer in the region.
5000 megawatts has increased to our power generation. capacity has reached 74,000 megawatts electricity. that has held -- we have used modern irrigation methods for irrigating agricultural land. 270,000 hectares of land. and 20% of the total of whatever has been done since the revolution. that has happened within the past 20 years.
we are able to prepare the country. we want better standards of living that are held. we have managed to improve people's situation. peoplear, those retired who received less than 1%, personalit their salary will increase. when we take next year the government is moving and using .ll its power they can solve the problems facing the people and next year will be a year of economic booms
and development of iran with the help of god. we are on the verge of determining election. on the seventh we are going to take part in two big elections. the iranian nation will turn out .n masse at the ballot station our revolution is one which gives leeway to all people from all walks of life. it gives more leeway to people to the younger generation, this is something based on her marks of the late leader. the basic rights of people, islam is the law.
revolution belongs to all people. it is not belong to a certain party.al revolution belongs to the iranian nation. this is a valuable legacy. it does not belong to a certain group or party. all freedom seekers around the our revolution is the revolution which encourages civility and ethics. actually the next year, when we -- over 30o market
years you will see how we would have been able to withstand all problems. we have returned to our islamic identity. defined the real dignity. pass through all problems. where they canis take refuge and offers refuge and protection to all people. today it is a duty of every single one of us to safeguard this revolution ended -- and it is ideal.
dynamic. somebody who likes reconstruction. it is a person who wants to reconstruct iran. it is one who wants to give iran more dignity. a revolutionary wants to show the kind to introduce the real and kind feature an image of islam. they want to tell the whole world all of those who in the region are killing people under the name of islam, they are not muslims, neither are the revolutionaries. anybody who today removes a danger who wards off danger, that person is a revolutionary. revolutionary.a
that person is a revolutionary. have a national joint national plan of action. throughal move willpower and the guidelines of the leaders, we should move full word through that. the elections are a manifestation of national dialogue. willevolution actually manifested at the polling stations. the late animam
invited us to vote. we voted for the islamic republic of iran. is power, our might manifested through our contribution. nobody should turn his back on ballot boxes. everybody should go to ballot boxes, as the leader has tasked us. -- even if somebody has criticism of the government, he should not turn his back on the ballot boxes. this is the right of the people. our national asset, ballot boxes are on national asset. if somebody has a complaint, if they are a citizen or political
if they have seen bad behavior on all that, those should turn out in droves and cast their vote. it will have the final say. your votes are the final say. iran and in the region, also in the whole world. citizens vote including the girlsof men and women, and boys, different ethnic groups. way, votes can show the can solve problems. for the whole world. vote fors will be a
hold. it will be a vote for a law, to safeguard and stand up for your rights. day vote in the election would mean that people are interested in the rebuilding the country. our votes do not go in. it is not for those who want to turn the back on the law. we vote for modern and free iran. we will build a ran -- iran. -- the grandeur of the iranian nation, our national grandeur, we will bring that
grandeur to the max, to a place where it deserves through unity and with god's grace. may god bless you all. i would also like to thank our foreign guests attending the ceremony. >> on friday to hearings from the house armed services committee. first on the president's air force budget request. live 8:00 eastern on c-span 3. defense department officials will give a status report on
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