U.S. Sanc­tions Aimed at Pres­sur­iz­ing Ira­nian Peo­ple

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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.”

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