Iran’s Rouhani re­mains de­fi­ant, calls the US pres­i­dent ‘racist’

The Miracle - - Middle East -

With US sanc­tions com­ing into ef­fect against Iran, the na­tional mood is one of de­fi­ance, with war games and the Ira­nian pres­i­dent hurl­ing in­sults at US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, but trou­ble may be ahead.

Iran has re­mained de­fi­ant in the face of US sanc­tions. Pres­i­dent Rouhani had harsh words for the US pres­i­dent and claimed that US ex­emp­tions to sanc­tions on oil is­sued to eight na­tions were a vic­tory for Iran. Iran also sched­uled one of their largest mil­i­tary ex­er­cises of the year on the same day as US sanc­tions kicked back in. Nev­er­the­less, trou­ble is on the hori­zon, as the Eu­ro­pean Union has yet to come up with a promised by­pass to the US bank­ing sys­tem and the oil waivers is­sued by the US are only in­tended to be tem­po­rary. Al Jazeera’s Zein Bas­ravi re­ports from Tehran.­

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