Iran first VP vows strong resistance against US economic war
Iranian First Vice President Es'haq Jahangiri says the upcoming US move to re-impose sanctions on Iran will create "difficult conditions" for the country but the Islamic Republic will forcefully resist against the United States' economic war.
"Given the enemy's economic war, we will face new and difficult conditions and must stand against this war with full power," Jahangiri said on Tuesday.
US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in 2015. Trump also said he plans to reinstate US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose "the highest level" of economic bans on the Islamic Republic. Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.
Since the US president pulled Washington out of the historic nuclear deal, European countries have been scrambling to ensure that Iran gets enough economic benefits to persuade it to stay in the deal. The remaining parties have vowed to stay in the accord.
Iranian First Vice President Es'haq Jahangiri said after the US "unilateral" withdrawal from the nuclear agreement, the remaining signatories to the deal vowed to remain committed to their obligations but they must take practical measures in this regard.
Jahangiri further said the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia are seeking to exert economic pressure on the Iranian people to achieve their own goals, calling on the Iranian nation and officials to adopt an appropriate approach to counter their plot. He stressed that Iran would be able to thwart the US plans through resistance and careful planning.
Jahangiri also pointed to trade tensions between Washington and many of its main trading partners and said, "The US has also launched an economic war with other countries, including China, and seeks to put pressure on its allies to win their support for confrontation with Iran."
The Iranian veep warned that the US seeks to reduce Iran's oil sales to zero and said, "We have drawn up appropriate plans in the face of this issue and are holding negotiations to prevent any obstacle in the way of Iran's oil exports."
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian vice president warned against the enemy's plans to target the country's banking system and noted that Tehran has adopted joint strategies with Russia and China to help it transfer money.