Rouhani praised US attempts to restore sanctions against Iran

Washington’s attempts to restore UN sanctions against Tehran have failed, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday.

The US Secretary of State said on Sunday that UN sanctions against Iran have re-entered into force. The organization itself does not agree with this. At the same time, countries that do not comply with the “obligations” to implement sanctions, Pompeo threatened “consequences” in the coming days with unilateral US actions.

“Today is a memorable day in the history of our diplomacy. The United States, being a country that pushes (its interests) by force, has been making serious efforts for about 2.5 years to restore UN sanctions against the Iranian nation – a process that in recent months has come to its inevitable collapse,” Rouhani said on Iranian television.

According to him, since the withdrawal from the nuclear deal, the United States has tried to unite the world in a “coalition against Iran,” drawing the European Union to its side, as well as provoking Tehran to such actions that Washington could use to restore international sanctions against Iran.

“Fortunately, during this period, absolutely at all stages, the United States was waiting for failure and a negative reaction from the international community, even from its traditional allies,” the Iranian President said.

According to Rouhani, US attempts to exert maximum pressure on Iran have led to the full isolation of Washington.

The Iranian President also noted that the United States has always considered the UN Security Council “its strength,” not counting on “failure” there. However, it turned out the opposite – he recalled that members of the UN Security Council did not recognize Washington’s demand to restore sanctions against Tehran, thanking the organization for countering “illegal US demands,” singling out Russia and China for their support.

Rouhani pointed to Tehran’s readiness to respond to Washington’s “banditry” against the Iranian people and reminded members of the nuclear deal that Iran would return to its full implementation as soon as its participants do the same.