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Need to Counter Hostile Cyber Schemes

The potential of cyberspace should be properly used for the wide-scale promotion of Islamic concepts
Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei addresses theological students in Tehran on Sept. 6.Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei addresses theological students in Tehran on Sept. 6.

Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called attention to attempts by Iran's enemies to undermine Islamic values in cyberspace, urging the clergy to confront such attempts.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the statement on Tuesday on the occasion of the beginning of the academic year at theological seminaries countrywide.

The Leader said the enemy is seeking to pervert devoted and righteous youths from the essence of religion, Press TV reported.

"Today, this is being done across the cyber-world," Ayatollah Khamenei said, noting that confronting this scheme was the foremost responsibility of the clergy.

"Seminaries and religious figures should equip themselves with the capability to confront the massive enemy army."

The cyber-world, the Leader asserted, was a simultaneous source of blessing and curse, noting that its potential should be properly used for the wide-scale promotion of Islamic concepts.

"Iran's Supreme Council of Cyberspace was created for focusing" on such a goal, the Leader said.

On March 7, 2015, Ayatollah Khamenei assigned the previous administration under president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with the task of establishing the Supreme Council of Cyberspace to safeguard national and cultural values and ensure the safety of the Internet in Iran.

The council is now headed by President Hassan Rouhani and comprises high-ranking officials.

Financialtribune.com