Iranian President Hassan Rouhani revealed the huge losses incurred by his country’s economy as a result of the US sanctions that have increased in severity recently, but he stressed that Tehran will force the US administration to surrender.
Rouhani said in a speech delivered today, Saturday, during the weekly meeting of the anti-Coronavirus Committee, that the Americans, with their “unlawful and inhumane punishments and terrorist acts”, had inflicted losses on the Iranian people amounting to $ 150 billion.
He added that his country would be able to face the economic blockade imposed on it, and that the American administration would be forced to surrender, as he put it.
Rouhani launched a violent attack on the administration of US President Donald Trump, which a week ago reimposed the sanctions imposed by the United Nations on Iran until the signing of the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the group of six “America, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China” in 2015.
In this context, the Iranian president considered that the White House is the starting point for what he described as crimes against his country. He also denounced the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s bragging rights to seize $ 70 billion in Iranian revenues, saying that “the master who presents himself as a foreign minister is a minister of crimes.”
In the context of the attack on the Trump administration’s policy towards his country, Rouhani denounced what he described as the unprecedented brutality of this administration, noting that the sanctions did not exclude Iranian medicine imports.
Since his unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear agreement in May 2018, US President Donald Trump has resorted to a policy of “maximum pressure” to impose on Iran a new agreement that brings broader restrictions on its nuclear and missile programs, and pushes it to sever its links with armed groups in the region such as Hezbollah in Lebanon. And the popular crowd factions in Iraq and the Houthi group in Iraq.
A week ago, Washington unilaterally re-imposed UN sanctions on Iran under the controversial “Snapback” mechanism, which it says is based on the nuclear deal and Security Council Resolution 2231.
The Trump administration resorted to this option after it failed to convince the UN Security Council to approve it, just as it failed to convince him to extend the arms embargo imposed on Iran, which expires in mid-October.
In addition to the re-imposition of UN sanctions, and before that the reinstatement of its own sanctions, Washington recently took a series of new measures that included punishing Iranian entities and individuals.
While the Trump administration said that intensifying pressure on Iran would guarantee bringing it back to the negotiating table, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif confirmed that his country would not negotiate again on the nuclear deal.