Rouhani condemns US for 'crimes' against Iran

Clay Curtis
September 28, 2020

"With their illegal and inhuman sanctions and terrorist actions, the Americans have inflicted 150 billion dollars of damage on the people of Iran", Rouhani said in televised remarks, his voice shaking with anger, on Saturday. "We haven't such an extent of savagery".

"If people want to curse anyone for problems and shortcomings in the country, it's the White House", Rouhani said.

A top Iranian constitutional official on Friday dismissed the imposition of USA sanctions on Iranian judges for alleged gross human rights violations and hit back at the United States over police violence against black people there, Reuters reports.

It also blacklisted several Iranian officials and entities over alleged gross violations of human rights.

When asked about Washington's attempt to unilaterally impose "snapback" sanctions on Iran, Zarif acknowledged that the United States government has "financial might", but highlighted that UN Security Council members overwhelmingly opposed the move.

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"They committed the greatest savagery in history, and the man who calls himself the USA secretary of state, but, in fact, is the U.S. secretary of crime, proudly says that he blocked some $70 billion of Iranian assets this year; that means, he takes pride in animosity with, and dealing a blow to the Iranian nation", he noted.

In May 2018, US President Donald Trump withdrew from a landmark deal that gave Iran relief from sanctions in return for UN-verified guarantees that it is not seeking nuclear weapons.

Rouhani called him "a gentleman who presents himself as the Minister of Foreign Affairs but who is (in reality) the Minister of Crimes".

Tehran and Washington, longtime enemies, have not maintained diplomatic relations for more than 40 years.

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