TEHRAN - The United States is increasingly isolated in its move to reimpose sanctions on Tehran after quitting the international nuclear deal, President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday, vowing to resist American “plots”.
“The path chosen by the Islamic Republic of Iran is perseverance, resistance”, Rouhani said in televised remarks. “Each time that we were able to thwart the plots, the people and the government were side by side.”
Over the objections of allies, Trump in May pulled the United States from the nuclear deal signed between Tehran and world powers in 2015.
He re-imposed US sanctions that had been suspended in return for controls on Tehran’s nuclear programme, effectively barring many multinational firms from doing business in Iran.
“The United States is more and more isolated on the subject of sanctions,” said Rouhani. “The illegal logic of the United States is not supported by any of the international organisations.”
Iran has faced mounting economic woes since Trump’s announcement, which added to pressure on its currency. The rial has lost around half its value against the dollar in nine months.
Many importers and exporters have complained they do not have enough currency to enable trade with foreign countries. But Rouhani said Iran would ensure exporters and importers have “the necessary currency”.
In reference to US “conspiracies” against Iran over the past 40 years, Rouhani said Washington “is more than ever hated by Islamic and regional countries.” “We have no doubt that the United States cannot continue the path and policy that it has taken regarding the Islamic world and its allies,” he added.
Iran will continue its interactions with friendly governments of the world, the Iranian president vowed.
“The US will fail in its new plots,” he said, referring to the impending US sanctions against Tehran.
On May 8, US President Donald Trump decided to quit the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and vowed to re-impose sanctions, including oil embargo, on Tehran, saying the deal fails to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons or supporting terrorism in the region.
Last month, the US State Department said the US allies should stop oil imports from Iran by Nov. 4.
Trump has asked Saudi Arabia to increase its oil exports to compensate the gap in the market in case Iran’s crude exports drop.