Sep 08, 2020 05:04 UTC

Iran’s president says the history of the country shows that the Iranian nation will never give in to bullying and oppression by any power.

Hassan Rouhani made the remarks in a Monday meeting with the visiting Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis while slamming the unjust sanctions, which have been re-imposed on the Iranian nation by the incumbent US administration over the past 2.5 years, after it illegally withdrew from a landmark nuclear deal with Tehran, in order to make the Islamic Republic submit to Washington’s demands.

“History has proven that the Iranian people will never submit to arrogance, bullying and oppression of any power,” Iran’s president said.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani said, “The United States has been trying for years to eliminate the Islamic Republic establishment and interfere in Iran’s internal affairs, and [its president] Mr.Trump thought in a clear miscalculation that he could bring the Islamic Republic to its knees in three months through pressure and economic war.”

“At the present time, it has become totally clear for Americans that they have made a mistake and will not achieve their goal through pressure and sanctions,” he added.

The Iranian president once again reaffirmed the country's long-standing commitment to international regulations and multilateral agreements, saying, "The way is open to the US anytime it decides to put an end to its mistakes, make up for its illegal measures and return to [UNSC] Resolution 2231 and the JCPOA."

He emphasized that the US sanctions and economic warfare against the Islamic Republic, its assassination of a top Iranian military commander in another country and the violation of Iran's airspace are clear examples of economic terrorism, terrorist operations and aviation terrorism by Washington.

"We expect all friendly and free-thinking countries in the world not to remain silent about terrorism and illegal measures that the US has taken during the past years," Rouhani stated.

Iran had expected European countries to take a decisive and practical measure during the deadly coronavirus outbreak to counter the US economic terrorism, which even prevents import of medicine to Iran, he said.

Iran's president called for the Swiss Humanitarian Trade Arrangement (SHTA), a so-called humanitarian channel that is meant to help Tehran avoid American sanctions, to become more active and to play a more effective and useful role.

Cassis, for his part, said his country is aware of the problems imposed on the Iranian nation by the US sanctions and vowed to make efforts to help SHTA play an effective role in alleviating the woes.

The top Swiss diplomat emphasized that all countries are obliged to comply with international rules and regulations and added that the countries should know that there is a strong legal system in the world to help them enjoy security, so it is important that powerful countries especially adhere fully to international rules and regulations.

Earlier in the day, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his visiting Swiss counterpart met and conferred in Tehran.

In a post on his Twitter account after the meeting, Zarif said he was pleased to host the Swiss foreign minister on centennial of diplomatic relations that endured based on mutual respect.

The top Iranian diplomat added that both sides held "excellent talks on bilateral, regional & global issues."

"While appreciating Swiss efforts to mitigate US sabotage, a return to normal trade is global priority," Zarif pointed out.

In a meeting with Cassis in Tehran on Sunday, Iran’s Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf said the European countries must avoid convergence with Washington’s hostile and destabilizing policies in the region and try to establish relations with Iran independent of what the White House dictates.

“Europe must not be swayed by US policies, because the measures taken by the Americans have led to insecurity in the region and instability in the world,” Qalibaf added.

The top Iranian parliamentarian also said, “Due to unilateral, unjust and illegal sanctions imposed [on Iran] by the United States, the Iranian nation is pessimistic toward this country.”