President Rouhani says Iranians' resistance will make US give up sanctions

President Rouhani says Iranians' resistance will make US give up sanctions

President Hassan Rouhani says he is confident that the next US administration will abandon its sanctions policy against the Iranian people and will bow under their “national power” and resistance. He made the remarks on Thursday in a ceremony held to inaugurate a number of Interior Ministry’s developmental plans.

Stressing the importance of maintaining national unity in the ranks of the Iranian nation, President Rouhani said, “It is this national unity that engenders national power for us and forces the enemy to bow down in the face of the people’s rights,” he said.

“I am confident that the heroic steadfastness of the Iranian nation will make the next US administration genuflect in the face of the people. This steadfastness will force them to return to their commitments [under the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran] and will create cracks in sanctions” the president noted.

The now-outgoing administration of US President Donald Trump returned the sanctions that his predecessor Barack Obama had lifted under an international and historic nuclear accord between Iran and world powers. Trump reinstated the bans after bucking against the nuclear deal, which is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The US president-elect Joe Biden has expressed a willingness to return his country to the JCPOA, something that Iran says should be done without precondition given the inhumane and illegal nature of his predecessor’s actions targeting the nuclear deal and the Iranian nation.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani adduced Wednesday's remarks by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, in which the Leader advised strongly in favor of neutralizing the sanctions.

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The Islamic Republic should not spare any effort to try to neutralize or cushion the blow of the sanctions, the Iranian president echoed, adding, “This is our foremost responsibility, and we should try to break down the sanctions.”

Ayatollah Khamenei, however, also urged the country not to waste even a single hour to realize the bans’ removal if this was possible through a proper channel that would guarantee preservation of the country’s esteem.

“As the Leader said yesterday, doing this should not be delayed even by an hour…this was a very important instruction that the Leader insisted upon,” Rouhani said.

The president finally hoped that the country will witness further development and prosperity every day under the aegis of continued synergy, cooperation, and unity among the nation.

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