"Last year, we had more than seven percent industrial growth. While many countries had negative economic growth and the world economy shrank by three percent last year, Iran witnessed a positive economic growth of 3.6% in 1399 (March 21, 2020-2021), President Rouhani said during a virtual inauguration ceremony for a number of industrial projects, Mehr News Agency reported.
Noting that he would hand over power to the next president with a 3.6% economic growth, President Rouhani appreciated Iranians for their perseverance and resilience amid the pressures of sanctions and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Iran has been under a series of severe sanctions imposed by the US since 2018, when US former president Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
President Rouhani praised the achievements made during his administration in the past eight years since 2013, saying that the domestic "steel industry chain" was completed during his tenure.
He further noted, "There are many mines in the country in different fields. Our mining sector is vast. 590 million tons are excavated from these mines only this year, which is a great blessing."
He also pointed out that the natural mines can create jobs for a large number of Iranians.
Rouhani also referred to the US sanctions, saying that the American government wanted to starve the Iranian nation.
He pointed out that the US maximum pressure campaign failed through his administration's proper planning and the people's resistance.