Rouhani made the remarks on Wednesday at a ceremony on the occasion the 42nd anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution that overthrew the US-backed Pahlavi regime, Press TV reported.
He said Iranians have in recent years witnessed two wars, one of which was imposed by the regime of ex-Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, and lasted for eight years in the 1980s.
During that war, he added, the Iranian nation relied solely on God, while the aggressors were dependent on the big powers in the East and West.
Over the past three years, Rouhani said, the Iranian people have been dealing with an economic war which was initiated by the Trump administration, following its unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal — officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“In that imposed war, we achieved a great victory. With God’s power, we will likewise emerge victorious in this economic war,” said Rouhani.
“All the people of the world owe a great debt to the Iranian nation. It would have been a hassle-free victory for Trump [in the 2020 elections] if the Iranian nation had not stood up to this tyrant and had not defeated him through its resistance, and if the [Iranian] government had not exercised prudence and left the JCPOA immediately after Trump did,” he added.
Had Iran left the nuclear deal, all international sanctions would have been restored against the country, marking a victory for the Israeli regime as well as the regional reactionaries and extremists.
“The people’s resistance and the government’s prudence, however, led to Trump’s humiliation in the past three years,” he added.
Rouhani further highlighted numerous blows dealt to the US by Iran over the past few years at the UN Security Council and the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
“The one who overthrew Trump was God and the one who apparently caused the ouster of Trump in the United States was the vigilant nation of that country. The Iranian nation’s role has been very effective in toppling this tyrant. With Trump gone, the world today is indebted to Iran for [the return of] a sense of security, stability and rule of law.”
Following its withdrawal from the JCPOA, signed between Iran and the P5+1, in May 2018, the Trump administration unleashed a “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran and targeted the nation with the “toughest ever” economic sanctions.
In his final months in office, Trump tightened the oppressive restrictions against the Islamic Republic, defying warnings from Tehran and international human rights organizations that the restrictions are severely hampering the Iranian health sector’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
“The era of maximum sanctions is over. The era of the economic war is over,” said Rouhani.
“Everyone has realized that ‘maximum pressure’ has failed, but a final victory still requires patience and resistance,” Rouhani said.
Rallies under health protocols
Iranian people celebrate the 42nd anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution in their cars in Tehran on February 10, 2021, while driving toward the iconic Azadi Square.
On Wednesday, Iranians across the country celebrated the 42nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in a way different from previous years due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each year, the occasion is commemorated by nationwide mass rallies, but this year, there was a change in the ceremonies.
The celebrations began in the capital, Tehran, and other cities at 10:00 a.m. local time (0630 GMT) on Wednesday, with participants driving their cars, motorcycles and bicycles.
The vehicles were decorated with slogans as well as images of Imam Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, and Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the top Iranian anti-terror commander who was assassinated by the US on January 3, 2020.
In Tehran, processions of cars, motorcycles and other vehicles kicked off from 12 different points. They drove through the streets to circle the iconic Azadi (Freedom) Square.
More than 6,000 Iranian and some 200 foreign journalists, photographers and cameramen covered the event.
Ballistic missiles of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), namely, Zolfaqar-e Basir, Qiam and Dezful, were also put on display as part of the ceremonies at Azadi Square.
In addition to the driving marches, a virtual rally also took place on Wednesday, with Iranians taking to social media to renew their allegiance to the Islamic Republic.
On the eve of the 42nd anniversary on Tuesday, a fireworks display was performed over Tehran and other Iranian cities.
In a final communiqué, the demonstrators reminded the arrogant powers, especially the US, of their grave miscalculations in dealing with the Iranian nation before and after its Islamic Revolution, reaffirming their firm determination to deal the enemies another blow in the economic war they are currently waging against the Islamic Republic.
The demonstrators also said they would stand firm by their position on the JCPOA, calling for the removal of all sanctions imposed by Washington on Iran following its exit from the agreement.
Tehran, they emphasized, will return to its commitments under the agreement only after a thorough verification of the other parties’ compliance with the deal, not only in words, or on paper, but in practice.