TEHRAN, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said here that "Iran has successfully pushed back enemies in the military, political, and security warfare being waged against the Islamic republic," the semi-official FARS news agency reported on Wednesday.
"Both friends and enemies should know that we pushed the enemy back in the arenas of military, political, and security warfare," said Khamenei on Tuesday.
Protests had broken out in some cities in Iran since Friday against the government's measures of rationing subsidized gasoline and increasing its price.
The top leader noted that "the recent actions were security issues, not from the people," adding that the enemies were expelled in various areas, and will also be definitely defeated "in the economic war."
"Iran needs to grow immune to the impact of sanctions by developing an economy dependent on domestic production," said Khamenei, stressing the importance of reducing reliance on oil revenues and foreign countries.
In May 2018, the United States unilaterally pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and reimposed energy and economic sanctions against Iran with an aim to force the latter to the negotiation table for a new nuclear deal.