President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Iran had adopted measures to cushion the effects of “an economic and psychological warfare” that aims to drain away people’s hope.
“The government has many plans to tackle the psychological and economic wars of enemies and solve the problems, but the economy of the country is suffering from chronic diseases,” Rouhani said at a meeting with a number of university professors of economics, president.ir reported.
“I am hopeful of a better future, without a doubt,” Rouhani said.
The president, however, acknowledged that the economy is not in a normal state of affairs, but emphasized that the current situation is not tantamount to “a crisis.”
“We are not in a critical situation, but the situation is not normal, and in making decisions and announcing positions and views, these conditions should be taken into account,” he said.
Underscoring the need to counter the psychological warfare that has drained away people’s hope, Rouhani called on economists to instill hope in the society by proposing plans to tackle the current problems.
“Along with expressing the right concerns, solutions and suggestions should be presented to address these concerns,” he said.
Referring to the government’s achievements in reducing inflation, creating economic growth and dismantling unauthorized credit institutions, the president said, “The reason for the decline of inflation was the financial discipline of the government; despite hardships, under no circumstances did we create money or borrow from the Central Bank.”
Reassuring the public regarding the provision of basic goods, Rouhani added, “The government has plans to provide basic goods in even more difficult conditions.”
Rouhani then pointed to US enmity toward the Iranian nation, saying the Islamic Republic would eventually counter US curbs against its economy.
“In spite of its difficulties, these times shall pass, and with the precise planning that has been done, the United States will not be able to continue its anti-Iran policies in the long term,” he said.
Echoing that view, the president said on Sunday that by walking away from the 2015 nuclear deal, the United States had lost against the Islamic Republic’s “righteousness and prudence.”
“There has never been a more spiteful team than the current US administration toward Iran, Iranians and the Islamic Republic,” Rouhani said.
The US is due to complete the reimposition of sanctions on November 4, targeting Iran’s oil sector and Central Bank.
Rouhani said nothing would change on November 4, since “America has already done whatever it can.”