Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has again attacked America with aggressive rhetoric, saying in a recent speech that for talks between Iran and the U.S. to happen, America would have to “lift sanctions, “bow down before the Iranian people.”
He also called on America to “repent” for engaging in “economic terrorism” against Iran.
Message to the “economic terrorists”
Rouhani made the remarks in a speech that was televised on IRINN TV, an Iranian network, on August 27. The following translations are courtesy of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
“Those who have imposed sanctions on our people, and have carried out economic terrorism – any change in our conduct toward them must start with their repentance,” said Rouhani. “They must return to their obligations, and change the erroneous path they have chosen.”
Included in “they,” of course, is the United States.
“They must act in the service of the world’s interests and security, while maintaining respect for the other,” Rouhani continued. “They must recognize our revolution, our regime, and the rights of our people, and they must reject their mistakes.”
One confused Iranian leader
Rouhani went on to single out America in particular.
“With regard to the relations between Iran and America – unless America gives up the sanctions and rejects the erroneous path it has chosen, we will see no positive change,” he said, according to MEMRI’s translation. “If you lift all the sanctions and bow down before the Iranian people, the circumstances will be different.”
Under President Donald Trump, the U.S. has withdrawn from the Iran Deal — the legacy of former President Barack Obama and a windfall for the middle eastern country — and has since imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran.
“We want to resolve the issues and problems in a reasonable manner, but we are not interested in photo-ops,” Rouhani continued. “If someone wants to have his photo taken with Hassan Rouhani – well, that’s impossible. It can be done with Photoshop, but a real photo is impossible, unless one day they lift all their unjust sanctions, and respect the rights of the Iranian people. Then we would be talking about new circumstances, and we could reconsider it.”
Just not going to happen
If these are Rouhani’s stipulations, then we can expect that relations between the two countries are not going to get any better, since America — especially an America with Donald Trump as president — is not going to be bowing down to Iran, which specializes in its own terrorism.
Instead, America will keep up the pressure, as it did just last week, with the Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Sigal Mandelker, stating that the “Treasury is targeting Jammal Trust Bank and its subsidiaries for brazenly enabling Hezbollah’s financial activities.” If anything, the recanting will be done by Rouhani himself.