IRGC Chief Major General Hossein Salami stressed the need for the enhancement of Iran’s scientific capabilities, which he said have become a target of hostile actions.
While political, economic, or cultural power is usually considered as a factor behind the independence of nations, the real source of power is scientific independence, the IRGC commander said at an event held by Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences on Monday.
“The society will grow if a country’s scientific resources are developed,” the general added. The fact that the enemies have imposed cruel sanctions on Iran, even on the delivery of medicine, and assassinate Iranian scientists reveals that they have targeted the Islamic Republic’s scientific growth and power, Major General Salami said.“Today, the enemies have waged a war against us in all spheres, including medicine, food, water, and medical care,” the commander warned, adding that determination and efforts would turn the hostile threats into opportunities for progress and development. Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has on various occasions highlighted the role of science as a means of power and development, urging efforts to maintain the pace of scientific growth in Iran despite enemy efforts to undermine it. In an address to a gathering of young Iranian elites in October 2018, Ayatollah Khamenei highlighted the need for scientific progress in the country, saying employment of the potential of elites will boost the country’s power and minimize its vulnerabilities.“If we make scientific progress, the threats from our civilizational, political, and economic enemies will not be permanent and will diminish,” the Leader had announced.“If we make scientific progress, the threats from our civilizational, political, and economic enemies will not be permanent and will diminish,” the Leader had announced.