U.S. Sanctions Aimed at Pressurizing Iranian People
TEHRAN - President Hassan Rouhani says U.S. authorities are lying when they say they are not targeting the people of Iran, as Washington’s sanctions are aimed at putting pressure on the Iranian nation
“The U.S. claim that it does not seek to put pressure on the [Iranian] people and just wants to pressure the government and the Establishment is completely false and untrue, and they (U.S. officials) themselves revealed this fact in their actions,” Rouhani said after the meeting of the heads of the three branches on Saturday.
He said the fresh round of U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran on November 5, 2018, has had no bearing on Iran’s economy, as Washington had already made every effort against Iranian people, and it had nothing new to put forward in the new round of sanctions.
President Rouhani said the White House intends to launch a war of nerves against Iranian people.
He referred to the waivers granted by the U.S. to Iran’s oil clients, and described it as a treat from its earlier positions. He also pointed to the Trump administration’s move to exempt food, medicines and medical equipment from sanctions, and said the measure was taken under the pressure of public opinion, who harshly criticized the U.S. for depriving the people from basic supplies. Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani said the U.S. has not been able to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero as it claimed it would.
“Recently, the Americans themselves confessed that they could not bring Iran’s oil exports to zero. Their argument was that if they brought Iran’s petroleum exports to zero, the oil price would rise to 150 dollars per barrel,” said the president.
The U.S. has granted waivers to almost all key clients of Iran’s crude oil for fear of further hikes in oil prices. The countries exempted from the U.S. sanctions on Iran’s oil exports include China, India, Greece, Italy, Taiwan, Japan, Turkey and South Korea, which together took in over 80 percent of Iran’s oil exports last year.
Addressing the Iranian nation, Rouhani said, “in providing basic goods, we have no problem and our warehouses are ready more than any other time to provide people’s essential needs for many months.”
“Thank God, our current conditions are good and export has risen in the first 7 months of the current year compared to the same period last year, and this means that production has increased and people’s business is good,” he added. The President also said, “in the coming months, Americans will understand well that the path they have chosen is wrong. This does not tire the Iranian nation, but makes them ready for more production and having closer relations with neighbours.”
“In today’s meeting with the head of the other two branches, the Speaker of the Parliament and the Head of the Judiciary, we discussed the latest status of the economy and drawing the roadmap for the coming months as the Supreme Leader has instructed,” he added. President Rouhani also said, “today, we discussed this roadmap and closer relations with our neighbouring countries, as well as our economic relations.”