“The dear Iranian people know this that the United States has suffered big political defeats over the recent weeks,” Rouhani said on Thursday, referring to an August 4 meeting at the UNSC, when only the Dominican Republic voted in favor of the US-drafted resolution that was vetoed by China and Russia, Press TV reported.
The remaining constituents of the 15-member UNSC abstained from voting.
The embargo is expected to expire in October under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers that the US ditched in 2018. Prior to the submission of the draft, many countries had cautioned the US that they would not fall into line with its anti-Iran bid as Washington had left the JCPOA, and, therefore, could not either benefit from or challenge any of its stipulations.
Washington then tried returning all of the UNSC sanctions against Iran, but was similarly snubbed by the overwhelming majority of the members.
Rouhani said before failing to push its bid against the arms embargo at the UNSC, there had never been a case throughout the UN’s 70-plus-year-old history, when Washington would lay out an anti-Iran resolution and “go around begging [support for it] from this and that country for months,” but only be accommodated by a single country.
“This was a very important matter,” the president said, and attributed this defeat to the steadfastness staged by the Iranian people against the US since Washington left the JCPOA and reimposed the sanctions that had been lifted following the going into effect of the nuclear deal.
‘Iranian people killed US dreams’
“Had not the Iranian people resisted throughout these two years and a half, not only would have the US had some worse resolutions approved against us, but it would have also realized all of its dreams against the [Islamic] establishment and this nation,” he noted.
The US failure at the UN is ironically concomitant with “Iran’s prosperity”, the president said, referring to the development projects that he was unveiling from Tehran via videoconference.
Rouhani said the inauguration of the monumental projects comes as the country is weathering sanctions that have been unprecedented in toughness since the victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979.
“The Iranian people have, nevertheless, met these plots with greater steadfastness each day,” he noted, adding, “Through this resistance, we proved that the US has suffered defeat.”
He reminded that what the US had intended for the Iranian people was not limited to simple pressure, saying Washington sought to break down the nation’s resistance and have it accept its demands.
“Such [a goal], though, did not come to pass and will not [ever] either,” Rouhani concluded.