The Iranian president said that Washington was "utterly hopeless" against Tehran's resistance when it imposed a second embargo against Iran's Central Bank.
"The US is imposing sanctions on facilities that have been blacklisted. This shows their utter despair, showing that the 'maximum pressure' policy has failed and the great Iranian resistance. "Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on television before coming to the United States to attend the United Nations General Assembly meeting.
President Rouhani in an interview in 2018. Photo: Reuters.
The statement came after US President Donald Trump announced a new embargo against Iran's Central Bank on Sept. 20, saying it was "the strongest sanctions ever imposed on a country" but No specific measures are given.
The move is considered a retaliation for Washington, accusing Tehran of being behind a cruise missile attack, and unmanned aircraft entering two Saudi oil refineries on Sept. 14. Iran denied any involvement in the incident, claiming it was a Houthi rebel warning in Yemen to Saudi Arabia.
"The situation is becoming tense. They spread the word about damage to factories, which only takes two weeks to repair, because the US wants to conquer the region," President Rouhani added. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has previously denied accusing Tehran of supporting the raid, saying "refineries will have nothing" if the country is really behind the attack.
US-Iran relations have worsened since Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal last year and stepped up sanctions on Tehran to pressure it to abandon its nuclear program. The sanctions have affected many areas such as commerce, science and military of Iran.
Vu Anh (Follow Reuters)