Iran's president: U.S. chose wrong path on sanctions, will be defeated

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 17, 2018

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that the USA will be defeated after reimposing sanctions on Tehran, saying that Washington has chosen "the wrong path".

The United States reinstated sanctions targeting Iran's oil industry on November 5 as it seeks to force the Islamic Republic to accept tougher curbs on its nuclear program, halt its development of ballistic missiles as well as its support for proxy forces in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.

"The Americans will definitely be defeated in this path". "If they are being honest and they are looking for regional security, this is not the path".

His comments came after the European Parliament discussed the decision by Donald Trump to withdraw unilaterally from the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which lifted sanctions on Iran in return for an end to its nuclear weapons programme. "If they are being honest and respect the Iranian people, this is not the path". "It's clear for everyone that the incorrect and cruel sanctions of America will harm the dear and honourable people of our country".

US National Security Adviser John Bolton vowed Tuesday to "squeeze" Iran, saying: "We think the government is under real pressure and it's our intention to squeeze them very hard".

The sanctions have been opposed by other parties to the deal aimed at ending Iran's nuclear drive - Britain, France, Germany, China and Russian Federation - who have vowed to keep the accord alive.

The European Union, Russia and China need to compensate Iran for the withdrawal of the United States from the nuclear accord, Tehran's ambassador to the EU has said.

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