US sanctions leave Iran facing ‘huge economic pressures’

30 Jan 19

Iran is facing its biggest economic pressures for 40 years in the face of US sanctions, the country’s president has said.

US president Donald Trump last year pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran and re-imposed sanctions on the country – a move that crippled Iran’s currency and plunged the nation into recession. 

Workers in Iran, including farmers, truck drivers and merchants, have since launched protests against economic hardship.

Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president, said on his official website: “Today the country is facing the biggest pressure and economic sanctions in the past 40 years.

“Our problems are primarily because of pressure from America and its followers. And the dutiful government and Islamic system should not be blamed.”

He added that the US would “definitely fail” in future moves against Iran.

He asserted that “Iran’s highest political pride in recent decades” has been the “powerful talks with the six major powers”, speaking of the nuclear deal with major economies around the world.

Rouhani added the international community was on country’s side. “The entire world is condemning the US conspiracies against the Iranian nation and support Iran in this regard.”

Trump has called the 2015 nuclear deal “the worst ever” and said it has given the US nothing.

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