By David Daoud
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared on Tuesday that the sanctions regime against his country was on the verge of complete collapse and that no country would be able to continue exerting pressure on Iran, in a speech he delivered to 12,000 workers in Tehran.
Rouhani said those benefiting from the sanctions, established to combat his country’s nuclear program, should start looking for another way to benefit. He claimed that Iran would “continue the path of constructive interaction with the world under the guidance of the [Supreme] Leader and support of and support of our people, and no country in the world can continue exerting pressure and imposing sanctions against Iran in the future.”
During the speech, Rouhani stressed the importance of Iranian self-reliance, concentrating the country’s capital within its territory, and prioritizing what he called “the resistance economy,” according to semi-official state news agency Mehr.
He also discussed the ongoing nuclear talks with world powers, saying that the Tehran regime was not only dealing with resolving the nuclear issue with the West in these talks, but that it considered them a first step toward the resolution of the political issues between the sides.
Rouhani said that Iran was seeking “two issues at the negotiation table: first, to clear all accusations, and secondly, to remove all obstacles that the malevolent countries have created on our path toward having a constructive interaction with the world.”
He added that if the other side exhibits serious political will to achieve a nuclear deal with Iran, it could be attained within a few months.
President Rouhani delivered his remarks at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran, on the occasion of the 26th National Festival for Appreciation of Workers and Industrial Producers.
Critics of rapprochement with Iran, including Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, say the country’s leaders have proven that they can’t be trusted and that Iran’s sponsorship of terror and continued threats against the West indicate that true reformation in the country is still distant.