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Ahmadinejad: Iran engaged in 'economic war' against West

Iran was engaged in a "smart economic war" against the West which has enabled Tehran to weather the worst of international sanctions, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted by AFP as saying Saturday.
"They [Western powers] thought Iran's economy would break down, but it did not," Ahmadinejad reportedly said in reference to the sanctions.
Iran's Press TV quoted the Iranian president as saying that Iran "can pass through this stage and prevent [the West] from using economic development plans as a pressure lever against our nation.”
He claimed that Iran had grown stronger and prepared counter-measures to offset the effect of Western economic pressure.
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