TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- President Hassan Rouhani has said Washington has practically exhausted all its capacity to pressure Iran.
Addressing the Iranian nation, Rouhani said the U.S. has imposed the most unprecedented sanctions which cannot be compared even with those under the Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter.
He added that the maximum pressure approach taken by the U.S. is considered as a clear symbol of "economic terrorism".
"The Iranian nation shall know that America’s pressure against our country has reached its peak, and the capacity (for more pressure) is practically nearing its end,” the Iranian president said.
Rouhani touched on the Monday visit by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to Tehran to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
"The fact that a European foreign minister explicitly says during his visit to Tehran that the U.S. is on the wrong path, that maximum pressure on Iran will fail, and that everyone has been awestruck by Iran’s prudence over the past year means that the Europeans know how their partner is making a mistake,” Rouhani said.
The Trump administration has threatened to punish any country or company that buys oil from Iran. It has also slapped sanctions on Iran’s petrochemical and steel industries.
"What the U.S. has done against the Iranian people is a clear example of economic terrorism. This will go down in history as what executioners do against the Iranian people,” Rouhani said.
Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that the United States is exerting pressure on Iran out of "frustration” and "weakness”.
"The U.S. puts pressure on Iran out of weakness and frustration. However, we will weather this pressure,” he said during a ceremony held at Allameh Helli High School in Tehran.
"Today, we are not in the position of weakness. We are in the position of power. The U.S. has made serious mistakes. It (the U.S.) and its regional allies have felt weakness,” he added.