US totally failed to bring Tehran to its knees via economic war: Rouhani
President Hassan Rouhani said the economic war waged by the United States against the Islamic Republic has totally failed and all measures taken by Washington to bring Tehran to its knees have been proven futile.
According to Press TV, he made the remarks in an address via videoconference to the 10th summit of the D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation, also known as Developing-8, on Thursday.
“Here, I am honored to announce that all illegal unilateral measures taken by the United States to bring the Iranian nation to its knees have failed,” president told the D-8 participants.
“Despite suffering heavy economic pressures, we have been able by relying on our own domestic will and capabilities to break remarkable grounds in various fields, including in the field of fighting the COVID-19 and its aftereffects,” he said.
Rouhani said while the world economy shrank by 3.5 percent and many countries experienced negative economic growth of five to 10 percent, the Iranian economy grew by more than 2 percent in the same period.
This clearly attests to the failure of the United States in its economic war against Iran, he added.
“In the last four years, the international community has witnessed the intensification of the US government’s economic war against Iran. These cruel sanctions have caused great damage to our country,” Rouhani noted.
Despite US efforts, "the nuclear deal, which the United States violated and did its utmost to destroy, has been preserved thanks to the wisdom of the Islamic Republic of Iran," he added.
The president underlined that Washington is obligated to return to the JCPOA by lifting all anti-Iran sanctions and taking practical measures to secure Iran’s interests under the nuclear pact because “this is the duty of the same government that has reneged on the agreement.”
“The Islamic Republic, for its part, will definitely respond to such US action with a positive reciprocal measure,” he asserted.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani further denounced unilateralism and economic terrorism as issues that go hand in hand with the coronavirus in harming the international community.
These actions, he continued, not only illegally target ruling governments and independent nations, but also pose a serious threat to the achievements of the international community.
The president also pointed to the issue of organized Islamophobia in the world, saying that in addition to targeting Islam’s lofty values and dignity, Islamophobia has also had far-reaching negative economic impacts on Islamic countries.