Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, during a high-level meeting to mark the 75th anniversary of the UN, assessed the impact of US sanctions on the life of the Islamic Republic.
“The US is not able to impose neither negotiations nor war on us. Living under sanctions is hard, but it’s even harder to live without independence, ”says Rouhani.
The President of the Islamic Republic noted that at the moment all countries of the world are going through difficult times, but it is Iran that is facing the most severe sanctions, which openly violate the UN Charter and international agreements.
In his video message, Rouhani also touched upon the upcoming US presidential elections, stating that Iran is not a “bargaining chip” in the internal political struggle of the United States and whoever comes to power in Washington will be forced to “yield” to the “resilience of the Iranian people.”
Commenting on the failure of Washington to restore UN Security Council (SC) sanctions against Tehran, Rouhani said: “This is a victory not only for Iran, but also for the international community,” TASS reports. At the same time, he thanked China, Russia and other UN members for voting against the US initiative on sanctions against Tehran.
He noted that “the US accuses Iran without any proof of striving to create nuclear weapons.” “Washington talks about human rights and at the same time, through a policy of maximum pressure against Iran, threatens the health and lives of people,” Rouhani said in a speech at the general political debate of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly.
We will remind, on Sunday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the UN sanctions against Iran came into force again. At the same time, countries that will not comply with the “obligations” to implement the sanctions, Pompeo threatened “consequences” in the coming days with the help of unilateral US actions.
UN Secretary General António Guterres refused to consider the US request for sanctions against Iran, “since there is no certainty in the UN Security Council on this score.”