“They have opened economic war on our nation and we are also facing the Americans’ propaganda and attempts to spread hatred,” Zarif said in a meeting with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono in Tehran on Wednesday before the landmark visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Iran later in the day.
He referred to the US administration’s economic terrorism against Iran, and said, “We will find ways for the welfare and comfort of our nation in these hard conditions, including revising the budget and financial policies to make them oil-free.”
Taro, for his part, described Iran as an important regional country, and said, “We believe that less tensions in the region will serve the interests of everyone, otherwise all of us will be harmed.”
He underlined Japan’s preparedness to deescalate tensions in the region, alluding to earlier reports of his country’s efforts to mediate between Iran and the US.
Earlier today, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined the strong conditions in his country, saying that the US intensified sanctions pressures on Tehran would deplete soon.
Addressing a cabinet meeting here in Tehran on Wednesday, the Iranian president said the US sanctions are at their peak and their efficiency would lower gradually.
“The Iranian nation should know that the US pressure against our country is at the peak, and practically, its capacity is ending and the sanctions and pressures will lose their capacity from now on and will deplete,” Rouhani said.
He described the US sanctions as unprecedented and incomparable with the past embargoes against Iran, and said, “No doubt what the US has done against the Iranian nation is one of the instances of economic terrorism.”
President Rouhani hailed the Iranian nation’s resistance, and said, “We can go through problems with unity and sympathy and force the ill-wishers to sit to the table of logic, negotiation and justice.”
He added that the Americans have recently modified their tone and decreased their irrational words, and noted, “Undoubtedly, they will return again from the wrong path they are paving and will understand that their path is not right.”