İrem UZUN -TDO- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the United States on Saturday of “savagery” for inflicting $150 billions of damage on Iran due to sanctions, and said Iranians should direct their anger at the White House. “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 a televised speech.
The United States imposed fresh sanctions this week on Iran’s defense ministry and enforced an arms embargo under a United Nations authority that is widely contested. On Thursday, Washington blacklisted several Iranian officials and entities over alleged gross violations of human rights, including imposing sanctions on a judge it said was involved in the case of an Iranian wrestler sentenced to death. Rouhani gave no details on the breakdown of the economic damage he said had been incurred because of the sanctions. “They prevented the purchase of medicines and food by imposing unjust, illegal, and inhuman sanctions,” Rouhani said.
Rouhani went on to blame the ails of Iranian society on “Zionism, reactionary approaches, and U.S. extremists.” In his closing remarks, he said he had “no doubt the U.S. administration will bow down before the Iranian nation.”
Tension between Washington and Tehran have risen since U.S. President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew in 2018 from the Iran nuclear deal and began reimposing sanctions that had been eased under the accord. Iran, in turn, has gradually breached the central limits in that deal, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), including on the size of its stockpile of low-enriched uranium as well as the level of purity to which it was allowed to enrich uranium.