In an address to a Saturday conference in Tehran, held to commemorate teachers, Rouhani said the US government seeks to cut Iran’s forex assets as part of its ongoing economic war against the Islamic Republic.
“Americans are seeking to disrupt our foreign currency interactions (with the world),” the president said, stressing that Tehran needs to increase its incomes in foreign currencies and at the same time reduce expenses.
The president also emphasized that Iran should keep selling oil and also boost production and exports in order to foil the US ploy for hindering the oil sales.
Cautioning against the US plot to sow discord and division in Iran, the president said some people do not still believe that Iran is faced with a political, economic and psychological war with the US.
The president also said that the US decision makers are under the influence of extremists, racists, Zionists and Saudi Arabia.
“Today’s war with the US is a war of hope, as they want to shatter our hopes, but we must dash their hopes,” he stated.
In comments on April 24, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said the US’ attempts to block the export of Iranian oil will get nowhere as Tehran will be exporting any amount of crude it needs and wants.
Describing a cut in Iran’s reliance on the export of oil as an opportunity, the Leader said such an opportunity will be used for further reliance on internal capabilities.
“Although the sanctions pave the way for problems in certain cases, they will benefit the country if they are dealt with correctly and logically,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
Last week, the White House said US President Donald Trump “has decided not to reissue” waivers regarding sanctions against countries importing Iranian oil when the waivers expire in early May.