0917 GMT August 23, 2019
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the tug-of-war between Iran and the United States is currently at a maximum and that sanctions imposed by the US administration on Iran amounted to “a terrorist act.”
Addressing a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Rouhani said that America has employed all its power against us but the Islamic Republic will undoubtedly emerge victorious in this battle of wills.
“We have no doubt that the great Iranian nation’s resolve will eventually win against the US,” Rouhani emphasized.
The president further described the unity between the Iranian nation and the three branches of government as the key to their triumph in the face of the US pressure campaign.
Rouhani also referred to the persistent failure suffered by the US in its anti-Iran schemes.
He said that the US administration was dealt a blow last year when the European states refused to follow its example in withdrawing from the nuclear agreement, officially named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The Iranian president also said that “the US pressures on firms and banks to halt business with Iran is one hundred percent a terrorist act.”
Washington has unleashed the “toughest ever” sanctions against Iran following its pullout from the JCPOA. The White House also warned its European allies against seeking to circumvent the anti-Iran bans.
However, France, Germany and Britain defied US threats and recently launched the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchange (INSTEX), a financial mechanism meant to protect Tehran-Europe trade ties against the sanctions.
The Iranian president noted, “We are ready for cooperation and interaction with the world, but the countries doing business with us must be careful not to pursue excessive demands, because the Iranian nation does not retreat from its principles and does not favor such demands when it comes to outstanding issues involving its national interests.”
Rouhani touched on a recent US-organized conference in Warsaw, Poland, saying the Americans were forced to make changes in the event’s anti-Iran agenda under pressure.
Humiliating US defeat
He also noted that Washington’s attempts to persuade other countries to oppose the JCPOA had led to “a humiliating political defeat” for America at the UN Security Council.
During the Warsaw meeting, the Americans were seeking two objectives, namely, spreading Iranophobia and consigning the issue of Palestine to oblivion, but they failed to achieve either of those goals, the Iranian president said.
Most global leaders snubbed the Warsaw meeting which was held on February 13-14. The US had initially said the forum would focus on the “important element of making sure that Iran is not a destabilizing influence.”
Later, as officials from various countries indicated their refusal to participate, Washington claimed that the summit was “not a venue to demonize or attack Iran,” in an apparent about-face.
Press TV and Reuters contributed to this story.