President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday sanctions imposed by the United States have failed to break down Iran’s resistance, expressing certainty that the Iranian nation will successfully weather the current situation.
As Iran surpasses half a million cases and more than 29,000 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the US administration is adding new sanctions on a country that was already struggling to buy essential medicines.
Iran’s top human rights council strongly condemned recent US sanctions on Iranian financial system and banks, noting that by curtailing the country’s access to medicine and other humanitarian equipment, Washington’s sanctions are taking direct aim at Iranian people’s lives and health.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Monday called US efforts and sanctions against Iran as manifestation of atrocity and "truly criminal," but said the Islamic Republic will continue to resist until it brings as much disgrace upon Washington as possible.
Iran’s defense minister said the latest round of US sanctions, which targets Iran’s financial sector and major banks, is aimed at blocking the country’s exports, but will not have any effect on the Islamic Republic.