President Hassan Rouhani says terrorist measures taken by the United States against Iran actually target the entire nation to make Iranians give in to US demands.
Addressing a gathering of foreign ambassadors in Tehran on Monday, Rouhani said, “Today, we are faced with oppressive sanctions, [and] a terrorist measure by the United States against the entire Iranian nation. Nobody has any doubt that the US’ maximum pressure and [the policy of] sanction take aim at each and every one of our people.”
Noting that the US sanctions against Iran have no precedent in history, Iran’s president said, “They hoped that this maximum pressure will first bring [Iran’s] statesmen to their knees and if they resisted, people will bend the knee. Both assumptions were erroneous; neither our people submitted to this pressure, nor our officials and statesmen.”
He added that those who are familiar with the region and Iran’s history, culture and civilization know that “a great nation would not yield to bullying, unjust and wrong remarks as well as undue pressures.”
The US has been mounting its pressure on the Islamic Republic over the past 20 months on a daily basis, he said, adding that all Iran’s economic indexes over the past eight months show that the country has managed to overcome the sanctions and that the Americans have been totally wrong in their calculations.
Tensions have been running high between Iran and the United States since May 2018, when US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew his country from the multilateral nuclear deal with Iran, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and unleashed the “toughest ever” sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
In response to the US’ unilateral move, Tehran has so far rowed back on its nuclear commitments five times in compliance with Articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA, but stressed that its retaliatory measures will be reversible as soon as Europe finds practical ways to shield the mutual trade from the US sanctions.
Elsewhere in his address, Rouhani said the US showed that it has not been and would not be committed to its political and moral obligations, adding, “This is the first blow to the US administration’s prestige.”
The US proved that it does not comply with international regulations, the Iranian president pointed out.
He emphasized that Washington’s sanctions on food and medicine run counter to all international regulations, saying that such US measures amount to an act of terrorism.
Rouhani said the US actions are a violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions including Resolution 2231, which endorses the JCPOA, adding, “The US has violated regulations and treaties and started [committing] a crime against a nation.”
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani pointed to Trump’s so-called deal of the century on Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying it is a disgrace to the White House and the American administration and constitutes another crime against the Palestinian and regional nations.
“Based on the United Nations resolutions, the Palestinian land belongs to the Palestinian nation and the Palestinian refugees must return to their land,” the Iranian president stated.
He added, “What the US is following as the crime of the century is that it wants to keep the Palestinian people away from their country forever. This measure is a new disgrace to the White House and the American people and administration.”