Speaking at a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday, Rouhani said the Iranian nation has throughout its history recorded two sacred defenses; one against the 1980s Iraq-imposed war, and the other against the economic war during the era of Trumpism, and it has emerged victorious in both cases.
He appreciated the Iranians for stepping up their resistance over the past three years, adding that “one of the great manifestations of the Iranian nation’s victory and the enemy’s definitive defeat in this economic war is the end of the Trumpism era.”
Rouhani also lashed out at Trump for committing “the worst crimes in American history against independent nations, especially those of Iran and Palestine.”
“This person committed inhuman, terrorist and cruel acts against the Iranian nation even during the coronavirus pandemic, and increased the pressure on our country day by day to the extent that the ruling team in the White House objected to a bid by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to grant [Iran] a $5-billion loan to be spent on medical needs and the fight against the coronavirus,” he said.
The Iranian chief executive further said Trump’s defeat in the 2020 presidential election was rooted in his wrong foreign and health policies, his racist measures, his unreliability, and his populist campaign of public deception.
The future US administration, he said, will need to work hard to compensate for all the moves that tarnished America’s image.
“We hope that the next US administration will, as its first steps, explicitly condemn Trump’s policies towards Iran along with its anti-human rights and terrorist acts, and will [work to] make up for the wrong policies pursued by the previous administration over the past four years,” Rouhani said.
“As we have repeatedly emphasized, the policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is commitment for commitment, action for action, tension reduction for tension reduction, respect for respect and international obligations for international obligations. If there is such a will in the future rulers of the United States, I think it will be very easy to solve the problem,” he said.
He also stressed that Tehran and Washington can both decide and return to the point they were in January 20, 2017, when Trump took office.
The Trump administration unleashed the so-called maximum pressure campaign against Iran in May 2018, when it left the 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
It targeted the Iranian nation with the “toughest ever” economic sanctions in order to force it into submission.
However, the pressure campaign has failed in its objectives, including renegotiating the Iran nuclear deal to cover the Islamic Republic’s national defense program and its influential role in the Middle East.
US president-elect Joe Biden has signaled a will to return his country to the JCPOA as a starting point for follow-on negotiations.