TEHRAN (Dispatches) - Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday said that the country’s enemies have realized, although not admitting it, that their "maximum pressure” campaign against the Iranian nation has been futile and should be set aside.
In a meeting with his Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi and senior officials of the ministry, Rouhani outlined his administration’s strategies and plans in dealing with a range of issues facing the country, particularly the U.S.’s withdrawal from a 2015 multinational deal on the Iranian nuclear program as well as the ensuing economic war waged by enemies against Iran and their attempts to spark tensions within Iran.
"They may not admit it, but the enemies of the Islamic establishment and Iranian people have accepted the fact that the strategy of ‘maximum pressure’ has failed and they should abandon this approach towards the Iranian nation,” he said.
The U.S. under President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal in May 2018 in defiance of global objections and unleashed a "maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, under which it has imposed the "toughest ever” sanctions targeting the Iranian economy in order to force Tehran into submitting to its excessive demands.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani said the Iranian nation has successfully passed the "tough test of confronting the ‘maximum pressure’ policy of ill-wishers,” praising great efforts made by the country’s officials and Armed Forces to make that happen.
The country should continue on the same path until the enemies are completely frustrated, Rouhani said.
"The Iranian nation has shown that it is vigilant and well aware of the root causes of pressures and difficulties,” he said.
In return, the authorities could thank the nation by working to safeguard Iran, its Islamic establishment and the country’s national interests and by offering efficient services to people, he added.
Commenting on the country’s economic issues, the president said, "Despite the unprecedented difficulties and hostilities towards the Iranian nation, there has been a rise in major economic indexes in recent months,” Rouhani said.
Meanwhile, Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri,addressing a ceremony in Tehran, said that the U.S. and its allies' plots to bring the country's economy into a collapse have all failed, adding that the conditions are improving.
"The reports and data released by the country's official organizations show that despite the U.S. harsh sanctions and, as they say, the economic war that they have waged against the Iranian nation, the country's economic conditions are moving towards improvement," Jahangiri said,.
He added that the Americans imagined that Iran's economy will collapse under sanctions and pressures and people will resort to violent acts against the government "but fortunately, we could live through the hard times thanks to the people's resistance and the managers' follow ups".
Jahangiri said data shows that Iran's economy is moving towards positive growth with good capability to create jobs.
*****Iranian President Hasan Rouhani meets with high-ranking intelligence ministry officials in Tehran, Oct. 8, 2019.