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Published: 0124 GMT November 07, 2020

Rouhani urges next US administration to ‘learn’ from sanctions

Rouhani urges next US administration to ‘learn’ from sanctions

President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday he hoped the next US administration will have “learnt” that sanctions cannot make Iran give in to American policy.

US 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 tough sanctions against Iran since his 2018 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 decision of our country has always been clear in any circumstances. The Iranian nation will continue its resistance and patience until the other side bows down to the law and regulations,” he said.  

The president added that the Islamic Republic hopes “those imposing sanctions realize their path was wrong and that they would not achieve their goals in any way.”

Iranian officials have said they will focus on the policies of the next US administration rather than who becomes president.

Iran has also stressed that a possible US return to the nuclear agreement would have to be accompanied by compensation for damages caused by the withdrawal and a “guarantee” that it would not be repeated.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that the US 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.

In September, the Trump administration failed to trigger the so-called snapback provision in the nuclear deal aimed at reimposing all UN sanctions against Iran.

The United Nations Security Council member states — including the remaining signatories to the Iran deal — challenged Washington’s rationale that it was still a participant state to the nuclear deal.

AFP and Press TV contributed to this story.



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