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Published: 0328 GMT November 12, 2020

Rouhani: Time for US ‘maximum pressure’ policy is over

Rouhani: Time for US ‘maximum pressure’ policy is over

President Hassan Rouhani said the time for the United States’ policy of exerting “maximum pressure” on other countries, including Iran, is over and this policy has failed to produce any results.

Rouhani made the remarks on Thursday while addressing the inauguration ceremony of a series of national projects in the fields of education and health through a videoconference, Press TV reported.

Alluding to US President Donald Trumps policy of mounting maximum pressure on Iran to force the country to submit to Washingtons demands, Rouhani said, All signs and indications in the current world, from America to Europe, show that the world has understood that the maximum pressure is not effective and its time is over.”

Trump has been leading the policy against Iran since he took office in 2016.

Under the signature approach that is drawing its last breaths as he is about to leave the White House to President-elect Joe Biden, the US left the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a historical 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers.

Washington then reinstated the sanctions that it had lifted once it became a JCPOA member, and also started to cow others into committing to the bans and stopping their trade with Tehran.

The Islamic Republic, however, adopted antithetical economic measures under Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khameneis directive of resistance economy,” and also resumed part of its nuclear activities to retaliate against the United States and othersnon-commitment to the JCPOA.

As an instance of the countrys continued advancement in the face of pressure by the US and its allies, Rouhani referred to its considerable development in the area of medical sciences.

One of the countrys sources of pride today is its ranking among the worlds advanced countries in the area of medical science,” he said.

The president cited the high rate of medical tourists that are attracted to the country each year as a case in point.

Many travel to Iran even from developed countries for medical treatment not only because it would cost them less here, but also because they have more trust in our [abilities in the area of] medical science.”

His back-to-back tenures, Rouhani added, featured essential” refurbishment of medical centers. This led to creation of twice more hospital beds across the country than had ever been created during any other period throughout its history, the president said.



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