TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday he hoped the next U.S. administration will have "learnt” that sanctions cannot make Tehran bow to American policy.
U.S. President Donald Trump, who appears to be on the verge of having lost Tuesday’s election to challenger Joe Biden, has applied a "maximum pressure” policy and inhuman sanctions against Iran since his 2008 withdrawal from a landmark nuclear agreement with Iran.
"We hope the three-year experience will be a lesson for America’s next administration to abide by laws and regulations and return to its commitments,” Rouhani said in a televised speech.
"Our people have faced economic terrorism for the past three years and shown unparalleled resistance and patience.”
Rouhani said Iran would "continue its resistance and patience until the other side bows before laws and regulations”.
The Islamic Republic hoped that "those imposing sanctions realize their path was wrong and that they will not achieve their goals in any way,” he said.
Iranian officials have said they will focus on the policies of the next U.S. administration rather than who becomes president.
Tehran has also stressed that a possible U.S. return to the nuclear agreement would have to be accompanied by compensation for damages caused by the withdrawal and a "guarantee” it will not be repeated.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that the U.S. election would have "no effect” on Tehran’s policies towards Washington.
Biden has said he plans to embark on a "credible path to return to diplomacy” with Iran if he wins the presidency and raised the possibility of returning to the 2015 nuclear deal, negotiated when he was vice president under Barack Obama.
On November 4, when Trump seemed to be leading the election results, Rouhani signaled Iran has planned for tougher conditions in the future.
"We have planned based on the assumption that the methods and behaviors of the U.S. will not return to the correct approach,” he said.
"If the Americans come to a realization … that they must choose another way, so much the better. But if not, our decisions are based on how to run the country if conditions are difficult.”
Iranian authorities have maintained the country’s policies do not change depending on who enters the White House, and Iran will continue to resist until the U.S. changes its "maximum pressure” policy.
In an op-ed in Iran daily newspaper on Wednesday, Government spokesman Ali Rabiei reiterated the stance, saying Iran knew surrendering to Trump would not only make him back down but would endanger the country’s long-term policies.
"We also knew that such a policy would start an ominous tradition that could turn Iran’s economy and Iranians’ livelihoods into hostages of sanctions at any point and with any excuse perhaps for decades,” he wrote.
Iran’s deputy foreign minister said Saturday the result of the U.S. presidential election will have no bearing on the fundamental policies of the Islamic Republic.
In a radio interview, Abbas Araqchi said Tehran has always opted to stand up to bullying and pressure.
"Iran’s fundamental policies, which are based on countering domination and resisting illegal pressure, will definitely not be affected by the U.S. elections,” he said.
"But naturally, if a new situation emerges, the Islamic Republic of Iran will adopt proper methods and solutions which are in conformity with the new situation in order to secure its interests and counter any possible new pressure or threats,” the deputy minister added.
He further lashed out at Washington’s bullying, saying, "There will be no shift in the United States’ domineering and bullying policies with the change of president.”
However, if new individuals come to power in the United States, new approaches may emerge in Washington’s policy, Araqchi said.
The Iranian diplomat also weighed in on the possibility of the new U..S president returning to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
"It is still too early to talk about this. There are numerous challenges, but in the first place, one should wait and see what possible new policies will be adopted by the U.S.,” he stated.