TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri reiterated the country’s policy to resist the US sanctions and said the Islamic Republic has devised good strategies to overcome the economic pressures.
Iran is experiencing “special conditions” due to pressures imposed by the US and some regional countries, Jahangiri told reporters in the northern city of Zanjan on Tuesday.
He added that the administration’s policies to overcome the sanctions and resist the pressures should be expounded for the people and provincial officials working in economic and budgetary sectors.
“If people and economic activists are accurately informed on the country’s problems, we can put this sensitive phase behind (successfully),” the first vice-president said.
Jahangiri further emphasized that “good strategies have been developed in this area”, expressing hope that Iran would overcome this critical juncture.
The remarks came against the backdrop of increased tensions between Iran and the US with Washington imposing new sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
The US has ratcheted up pressure on Iran since last year after withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Since then, the administration of US President Donald Trump is trying to reduce Iran’s oil exports to “zero,” and has sent an aircraft carrier strike group, a bomber squad, an amphibious assault ship, and a Patriot missile battery to the Middle East to try to stack up pressure on Tehran.
Iranian officials, however, have dismissed such moves as psychological warfare, saying the country has its own ways of circumventing the American bans and selling crude oil.
On the first anniversary of the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, Iran announced that it would suspend the implementation of some of its commitments under the deal, announcing that it would stop exporting excess uranium and heavy water, setting a 60-day deadline for the five remaining parties to the deal to take practical measures towards ensuring its interests in the face of the American sanctions.