Iran’s Rouhani: US sanctions are ‘economic terrorism’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, US, September 26, 2018. — Reuters pic
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, US, September 26, 2018. — Reuters pic

TEHRAN, Dec 12 — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said US sanctions were “economic terrorism”, as he sought to foster a united front from visiting regional officials today. 

“America’s unjust and illegal sanctions against the honourable nation of Iran have targeted our nation in a clear instance of terrorism,” Rouhani said in a televised speech. 

He was speaking at a conference on terrorism and regional cooperation attended by parliament speakers from Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey.

“Economic terrorism is designed to create panic in the economy of a country and fear in other countries in order to prevent investment in the target country,” Rouhani said.

“We are facing an all-out assault which is not only threatening our independence and identity but also is bent on breaking our longstanding ties.” — AFP

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