Iran’s president lauds ‘self-sufficiency’ amid U.S. sanctions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres(not shown) in New York on September 26, 2018, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. - AFP PHOTO - Don EMMERT
Agence France-Presse

U.S. sanctions have hurt the Iranians over the past years, but they also led to great achievements such as self-sufficiency in many areas, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday.

“Despite the harsh conditions of the country and the illegal and unjust sanctions and the severe economic pressure of the United States, production in Iran has not stopped,” Rouhani was cited by the state TV as saying.

“We are witnessing great successes such as self-sufficiency in wheat and other food and agricultural products,” he said.

Besides, Iran has become self-sufficient in gasoline, gas and diesel production today, he noted.

The boost in medical infrastructure in the country for years has also helped the Iranian health officials to respond to the novel coronavirus properly, he added.

The U.S. president Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the Iranian 2015 landmark nuclear deal in 2018 and reimposed unilateral sanctions on Iran’s financial and energy sectors seeking to press Iran for renewed nuclear deal and a curb in its ballistic missile program. Tehran, however, dismissed U.S. calls and vowed resistance against the pressures.

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