“The Americans launched an economic war against us in the true sense of the word,” Jahangiri said while addressing an opening ceremony of a construction project in Tehran on Saturday, Tasnim News Agency reported.
The Iranian official noted that the outgoing US President Donald Trump made every attempt with the Israeli and Saudi support to prevent Iran’s progress, but failed to do so.
The failure of the policy of “maximum pressure” on Iran will force the next US administration to shift its policies, the vice president stressed, adding that Iran’s revenues in the coming months will increase as the pressures will ease.
US President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to rejoin the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, from which Trump, a hawkish critic of the deal, withdrew the US in May 2018 and unleashed the “toughest ever” sanctions against the Islamic Republic in defiance of global criticism.
Washington reinstated the sanctions that it had lifted and started to force other countries into committing to the bans and stopping their trade with Tehran.
The US unleashed the so-called “maximum pressure” campaign and targeted the Iranian nation with draconian restrictive measures in order to bring Iran to its knees, but Iran’s economy keeps humming and is getting back on its feet.
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Friday that Iran is in no rush for the US to return to the nuclear deal, Press TV reported.
“Our rational demand is the lifting of the sanctions. This is the Iranian nation’s right, which has been violated. They are duty-bound to do that… If the sanctions are lifted, then the US return to the JCPOA will mean something,” the Leader said.
He said the issue of compensation will be raised in the next stage.
“But if the sanctions are not lifted, their return to the JCPOA may be even to our detriment,” he added.