TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani highlighted the US government’s failed policy on the Islamic Republic and said Washington has never been more isolated and weaker than today.
“After a year of enemies’ hard sanctions, it has become clear that the US has not been successful in any plan in the region against Iran,” President Rouhani said, addressing a ceremony held in Tehran on Thursday to mark the National Day of Defense Industry.
“Today, no one doubts it (the US failure in face of Iran) and even some of our neighbors, who had pinned their hope on the US admit that in the day of danger, the first one who escapes our region is the Americans themselves,” he added.
Rouhani further pointed to the international opposition to the US government and said, “The America has never been so much legally and politically weaker, more humiliated and isolated than today, and I do not remember such a poor situation for the US in history.”
The remarks came against the backdrop of increased tensions between Iran and the US after the Islamic Republic shot down an advanced US spy drone over its territorial waters.
The IRGC said on June 20 that a US spy drone that violated the Iranian territorial airspace in the early hours of the day was shot down by the IRGC Aerospace Force’s air defense unit near the Kooh-e-Mobarak region in the southern province of Hormozgan.
The intruding drone was reportedly shot by Iran’s homegrown air defense missile system “Khordad-3rd”.
Later on the same day, US President Donald Trump said he had called off a retaliatory attack on a number of targets in Iran and said that he was ready to speak with Iranian leaders and come to an understanding that would allow the country to improve its economic prospects. “What I’d like to see with Iran, I’d like to see them call me.”
“I look forward to the day where we can actually help Iran. We’re not looking to hurt Iran,” Trump added.
However, on June 24 Trump announced new sanctions against top Iranian officials, including the office of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, Iran’s foreign minister, and senior commanders of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps.