President Rouhani: Next US administration should submit to Iranian nation’s will

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says regardless of who becomes the president of the United States, the next US administration will have to submit to the will of the Iranian nation.

“It is not important that the result of the US [presidential] election will become known till tonight or tomorrow and who becomes the president, because the next US administration will submit to the Iranian nation [anyway],” Rouhani said on Thursday while addressing the inauguration ceremony of a major water supply project.

“They have no choice, but to give in to the law, the pressure of the public opinion and the resistance of this great nation,” Iran’s chief executive added.

Under its now-outgoing President Donald Trump, the US left a historic multi-party nuclear deal between Iran and world powers that is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Washington then returned the sanctions that the deal had lifted and began forcing other countries into committing to the bans too.

Both actions defied the fact that the JCPOA has been ratified in the form of a United Nations Security Council resolution, and came in sheer disregard for the deal’s multilateral nature.

The International Court of Justice, the UN’s legal arm, has obliged the US to suspend those of its bans that have come to affect such vital items as foodstuffs, medicinal items, and plane parts, while the tribunal issues a final verdict on the coercive measures.

‘Iran withstood unprecedented hardship’

Rouhani described as “unprecedented in Iran’s history,” the hardship that came to face the Iranian nation and government during his tenure in terms of the American economic war and the outbreak of the new coronavirus. The country, he said, has always been struggling with economic hardship, but “never an economic war of such scale.”

Unbound by whatever principle, Trump’s administration brutally escalated the economic warfare even as the Islamic Republic was battling an uphill struggle against the virus, the president noted.

“Our nation both withstood the coronavirus and confronted sanctions and adversities,” Rouhani said.

The Iranian chief executive, however, reminded how the people “managed to stand tall” notwithstanding the hard times, reasserting, “I’m under no illusion about the government and people’s success. The Iranian nation will ultimately come victorious [out of this situation].”

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