Rouhani: U.S. policy towards Iran wrong

Rouhani: U.S. policy towards Iran wrong

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized the United States for its hostile policy toward his country and said Washington's approach was doomed to failure.

Rouhani, in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, said the U.S. had waged “economic war” against Iran by reimposing unilateral sanctions, which were lifted under the country’s 2015 multinational nuclear deal in return for Tehran curbing its nuclear program.

"The United States policy vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic of Iran has been wrong from the beginning, and its approach of resisting the wishes of the Iranian people as manifested in numerous elections is doomed to failure," Reuters cited the Iranian President as saying.

“The economic war that the United States has initiated under the rubric of new sanctions not only targets the Iranian people but also entails harmful repercussions for the people of other countries, and that war has caused a disruption in the state of global trade,” Rouhani said. "What Iran says is clear: no war, no sanctions, no threats, no bullying; just acting according to the law and the fulfillment of obligations."

"No state and nation can be brought to the negotiating table by force," Rouhani stressed, adding that Iran did not want any war.

"Our proposal is clear: commitment for commitment; violation for violation; threat for threat; and step for step, instead of talk for talk," he noted.

U.S. President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the pact in May, and his administration reimposed sanctions on Iran in August. Harsher sanctions on Iran’s oil and banking sector are expected in November.

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