Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that his country Iran will not bow to US pressure and will never abandon its goals even if it is attacked.
Rouhani said that more than one year after the imposition of these severe sanctions, Iranian people have not bowed to pressures despite facing difficulties in their lives.
State-run IRNA news agency reported that while addressing a ceremony in commemoration of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, he added: “We need resistance so our enemies know that if they bomb our land, and if our children are martyred, wounded or taken as prisoners, we will not give up on our goals for the independence of our country and our pride.”
Earlier Iran’s military chief said the standoff between Tehran and Washington was a “clash of wills”, warning any enemy “adventurism” would meet a crushing response.
Tensions are festering between the two countries after Washington sent more military hardware to the Middle East in a show of force against what US officials say are Iranian threats to its troops and interests in the region.
After pulling out of Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, US President Donald Trump restored punishing American sanctions on Iran last year and tightened them this month, ordering all countries to halt imports of Iranian oil or face sanctions of their own.