TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - In a meeting with a group of cultural figures and artists in Tehran on Saturday evening, Rouhani said Iran favors dialogue and logic, but stands firm against bullies.
“We will never surrender to the enemy’s bullying,” he underlined, denouncing as “bogus” the claim that Iran may be forced to the negotiating table.
“We would not agree to hold such (forced) negotiations even if all world powers stand together,” the president stated.
Highlighting Iran’s success in having seven UN Security Council’s anti-Tehran resolutions abolished during the nuclear talks, Rouhani said the Islamic Republic favors logic and dialogue, but is not afraid of anyone and will never surrender to bullies.
He also emphasized that unity, rapport and good planning will help the country overcome the challenges.
In comments in December 2018, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei highlighted the Iranian nation’s resolve in standing against the US plots over the past decades, saying Washington has been trying to regain control of Iran like the pre-Revolution era and create the same situation that it has established in certain weak regional countries who have been derided as cows milked by the US.
Pointing to the uncovered plots that Americans have hatched over the past two years to harm Iran, such as imposing sanctions and assisting Iran’s foes, the Leader said the US objective was to create bipolarity and division in Iran through sanctions and anti-security measures.
In May 2018, the US president pulled his country out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal that was achieved in Vienna in 2015 after years of negotiations among Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).
The US had announced plans to drive Iran’s oil exports down to zero, but backed off from its policy and granted waivers to at least 8 countries that import Iranian oil.