“A government whose policy is relying on 'knee on neck' of either its own people or others around the world should be indeed happy with economic terrorism and pressure on the public,” the Iranian spokesperson said in a post on his Twitter account on Friday, according to Tasnim News Agency.
“But you see that not the Iranians' neck, but your knee was wrung. You will soon kneel in front of Iranian nation,” Mousavi told the US officials.
The spokesman also cited an interview that Al-Arabiya has conducted with US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook, who said the US is happy with the results of the sanctions imposed on Iran.
In remarks at a cabinet session on Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took a swipe at the US for exerting pressures on others, saying that ‘kneeling on neck’ has been a policy of the US since long ago.
“They (Americans) have always been like this throughout history. They have pressed their knee on the neck of every oppressed person they have found in order to kill him. This is their policy, not the policy of a single cop in a single city. This is basically the US policy."
“But the great Iranian nation broke that knee. They (Americans) wanted to do the same in 2018. They brought the knee close to the throat of the (Iranian) nation. But our dear nation smashed their knee with the giant sledgehammer of national unity and solidarity. Now they (Americans) have no knee anymore to put pressure on the Iranian nation,” the president said.
Tensions have been running high between the US and Iran since Washington’s decision in May 2018 to abandon the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Tehran as part of a “maximum pressure” campaign aimed at forcing it to renegotiate a new deal that addresses its ballistic missile program and regional influence as well.