President Rouhani: Iran Thwarts US Sanctions Policy
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday that his country has managed to nullify the harshest-ever sanctions unilaterally imposed by the US, with the help of people and the economy of resistance.
Iran thwarted the US unlawful sanctions aimed to isolate the country, Rouhani said, addressing the inauguration ceremony of national oil projects in West, Southwest and South of Iran on Thursday.
He underlined the important role of the economy of resistance adopted over the past three years since the White House imposed harsh sanctions on Iran in thwarting embargos.
Iran enjoys a great "economy of resistance" that can supply products to the world and regional states at cheaper prices, Rouhani said.
He said that Iran proved it is fully resistant to the sanctions as it could resist to the US "economic war" over the past three years.
President Rouhani maintained that the era of bullying the international community by Washington is over.
In relevant remarks on Tuesday, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined the country's need to rely on its own capabilities and hard work to defuse the US sanctions, after its efforts to work out a negotiated end to the sanctions policy produced no tangible result.
“Curing sanctions is possible through the two ways of defusing and overcoming them as well as removing them. We, of course, tried the option of removing the sanctions once and negotiated for several years, but with no result,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a meeting of the Supreme Council of Economic Coordination in Tehran.
“If we manage to overcome the sanctions through hard work, initiatives and enduring problems, and the opposite party witnesses sanctions lose effectiveness, [he/she] will give up sanctions gradually,” he added.
“We have abundant capacities and capabilities to defuse sanctions provided that we show will, try and confront problems,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
He referred to the US and Europeans’ constant criticism and pressures on Iran, and said, “While they, themselves, incorrectly interfere in the regional issues to the highest level, they tell us not to interfere in the region and while Britain and France are in possession of destructive atomic missiles and Germany is on this path too, they tell us not to have missiles. It is none of your business. You should correct yourself first and then opine (on others).”
The Leader further blasted the European trio for partnering in the US sanctions against Iran, stressing that they cannot deny their role in the pressure campaign against the Iranian people.