POST TIME: 9 December, 2018 09:52:31 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 9 December, 2018 09:53:13 AM
US sanctions are ‘economic terrorism’, says Rouhani
AFP, Tehran

US sanctions are ‘economic terrorism’, says Rouhani

Chen Zhu, vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress; Binali Yildirim, Turkey's Grand National Assembly Speaker; Ali Larijani, Iran's Parliament Speaker; Hassan Rouhani, Iran's President; Asad Qaiser, Pakistan's National Assembly Speaker; Vyacheslav Volodin, Chairman of the Russian State Duma; and Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, Afghan Parliament Speaker attend the 2nd Speaker's Conference, focused on terrorism and regional cooperation, in the capital Tehran yesterday. AFP Photo

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said US sanctions were "economic terrorism", as he sought to foster a united front from visiting regional officials yesterday.

Washington has reimposed an oil embargo and other damaging sanctions on Iran since pulling out in May from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.

"America's unjust and illegal sanctions against the honourable nation of Iran have targeted our nation in a clear instance of terrorism," Rouhani said in a televised speech.

He was speaking at a conference on terrorism and regional cooperation attended by parliament speakers from Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey.

"We are facing an all-out assault which is not only threatening our independence and identity but also is bent on breaking our longstanding ties," he added. Rouhani drew parallels with the sanctions and other pressure faced by the countries attending the conference.

"When they put pressure on China's trade, we are all harmed... By punishing Turkey, we are all punished. Any time they threaten Russia, we too consider our security to be endangered," he said.