“The goal of the economic war waged by [former US president Donald Trump] against the Iranian nation was to cause the country to collapse and topple the [Islamic] Establishment,” Rouhani told a group of businesspeople in Tehran on Monday.
“Today, due to resistance and steadfastness of the Iranian nation and thanks to the guidelines issued by Leader [of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei] and efforts made [by the Iranian government], the entire world and the US itself have owned up to the failure of [Washington’s] economic war,” he added, according to Press TV.
Rouhani said that maintaining Iran’s lofty position in different scientific, economic, technological and political fields is a prerequisite for the country’s progress and development.
He noted that the government has been making all-out efforts to promote Iran’s status in the region and across the world.
Rouhani added, “Although there was a misconception in the world that it was not possible to negotiate with Iran and achieve a result,” the Iranian government rectified this attitude.
After the beginning of nuclear talks, the world realized that it is possible to hold negotiations with Iran and reach a conclusion on the basis of dialogue, he added.
“We, too, believe that we should settle our problems inside the country, but everybody must know that it is not possible to make progress and build the country without having ties with the world,” Rouhani noted.
Pointing to the ongoing Vienna talks aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal – officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – signed between Iran and major world powers, the president said, “The Vienna talks show Iran’s great power.”
“Today the world acknowledges that there is no option but to reach an agreement with Iran and lift sanctions; and this is a big achievement for the Iranian nation,” he added.
The United States, under Trump, left the multilateral nuclear deal in May 2018 and restored the economic sanctions that the accord had lifted in addition to imposing new non-nuclear ones.
Tehran responded to the withdrawal of the US from the deal with remedial nuclear measures that it is entitled to take under JCPOA’s Paragraph 36.
After a change of the US administration, President Joe Biden said that Washington was ready to rejoin the deal.