Iran: US power doesn’t match its bluster
KONFRONTASI-Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the United States government is not as long on actual power as it is on threatening language.
President Rouhani said during an event in the western province of Kermanshah on Wednesday that US officials’ threatening rhetoric against Iran did not match America’s actual strength.
“The Americans’ words are completely baseless. Their power does not [nearly] match their bluster,” the Iranian president said. “We know the region and the power of the great Iranian nation better than them. Our nation’s [capacity for] sacrifice and power is greater than what the Americans can conceive.”
Under President Donald Trump, the US has initiated what it calls a campaign of “maximum pressure” against Iran, pulling out of a multilateral deal with the country and imposing sanctions against it.
With the sanctions, Washington has been seeking, among other goals, to bring Iran’s oil sales down to “zero.” The White House has also imposed so-called secondary sanctions that target other countries doing business with Iran.
President Rouhani said Iran would continue to sell its oil nevertheless. “We will be weathering the difficulties, selling our oil, and meeting our needs.”
“We bear no hostility toward anyone but would not stand idly by in the face of conspiracies [either],” the Iranian president said.[mr/ptv]