The Iranian president says that the US is staging a war against 82 million Iranians not the government, condemning the US economic war and sanctions as 'a crime against humanity.'
Speaking on Tuesday evening at the session of Administrative Council of West Azerbaijan Province, President Hassan Rouhani said "opening great projects during the time when the US is doing its best against us shows our people's power and vitality."
According to the official website of the Iranian Presidency, Rouhani said "today, when the greatest imperialist power in the world, which is the United States, is doing its best against us, the Islamic Republic of Iran is the symbol of religion, dignity and independence against the power that is the symbol of blasphemy."
The President added "Americans have repeatedly failed in the same path, but they are doing it again, and they will regret this unwise action against a great, free nation."
He continued "what the United States is doing today is not war and sanction, but crime against humanity because they are stopping our medicine and foodstuff purchases and preventing patients' travel."
Americans could choose another path, he said, adding "they could announce that foodstuff, medicine and people's needs are exempt from sanctions."
"America wants to stand against a nation with all its power and pressure it can use. Today, the US is not against a government, but 82 million Iranians," said the President, adding that, "we have a heavy responsibility".
Rouhani added "in my last visit to New York, a well-known world leader told me that in his yesterday meeting with US President, he had told him not to help Iran for just three months, and there would be no Islamic Republic. In that meeting, I told him to tell that man that Iran is more united and integrated than any other time."
"You, people like you, and your government in the White House will come and go, but the Islamic Republic of Iran and Iranian nation will be everlasting in the history," he said.
The president said, "one of their officials said that they would be in Tehran on that year's Christmas. Somewhere else, they said that the Islamic Republic of Iran would not see the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. I told them to write down the date and see where Iran will be after that time."
He continued "they have miscalculations and childish thoughts in their heads, which make problems for the Iranian nation, but will leave a bad record of them in the history."
A couple of groups have misled the US and the White House, said Rouhani, adding "one group are the extremists inside the US, and the second group is the Zionists, whose words and sentences we can distinguish."
"Speeches they make against Iran are written by Zionists word by word. Extremists, Zionists and reactionaries in the region are thinking for 40 years about the day the Islamic Republic of Iran fails, considering Iran as a great threat to their country and governments," said the Iranian President.
He continued "they had several plans to make us angry so that we would withdraw from the JCPOA, violating the 7-party agreement, but they did not succeed".
The president added "they were working on the other 6 countries, especially the Europeans, to leave the deal all together, but they could not accompany anyone, and eventually the US had no choice but to exit the deal alone."
"America wanted to unite everyone in tearing off the JCPOA, but they did not succeed," he continued, adding "it was for the first time that the United Nations and The Hague issued a verdict against the US sanctions, warning them not to implement them."
President Rouhani said "despite all hardships, the Iranian nation are standing strong against the enemies, defending their political, geographical and legal borders."
The Iranian nation will not be defeated against the US, said Rouhani, adding "the White House cannot defeat the Iranian nation; they would if they were facing a group, but they are facing the entire Iranian nation."