Speaking during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Rouhani said the upcoming ceremonies on the 42nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution will be different from those in the previous years given the absence of those who attempted to bring the Revolution to its knees through terrorism and economic war.
He was apparently referring to ex-US President Donald Trump and the ardent Iran hawks in his administration, which handed over power on January 20.
“That vicious criminal who harassed others is gone, and today the conditions for economic changes in Islamic Iran is completely different from a month ago,” he added.
In May 2018, Trump unilaterally pulled Washington out of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
He also reinstated the anti-Iran sanctions that had been lifted by the accord and targeted the Iranian nation with the “toughest ever” restrictive measures.
The fate of the deal is now hanging in the balance after the European co-signatories — France, Britain and Germany — failed to counter those sanctions as required by the JCPOA, prompting Tehran to suspend parts of its commitments in retaliation.
Trump’ successor, Joe Biden, has pledged to return the multilateral accord if Iran returns to compliance.
Iran, however, says the US should first prove its resolve to rejoin the deal by lifting the sanctions.
“Today, we are more certain than ever that the enemy’s economic war has failed and its days are numbered. These days, the whole world — except a few countries — is calling on the United States unanimously to return to its commitments under the JCPOA. The interaction of Iran’s trading partners in the region has also changed completely, and the country’s economic sectors have better conditions compared to the past couple of months.”
“We have consistently declared that whenever you return to your commitments, we will also return to all our commitments the other hour,” he told the Americans.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian chief executive urged the Iranians to close their ranks in the face of the US economic war.
“The more united we stand, the shorter the era of terrorism and economic war will be,” he said.
“It is true that the ball is today in Washington’s court, but if we fail to stand united at home, it will take longer to end the economic war,” he added.