Iran’s Rouhani says US ‘isolated’ on sanctions
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Iran’s Rouhani says US ‘isolated’ on sanctions

Even as top companies pull out of Iran, Tehran says Trump has no support from other countries for the move

A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency shows Iranian president Hassan Rouhani during a meeting in Tehran on July 14, 2018. (IRANIAN PRESIDENCY/AFP)
A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency shows Iranian president Hassan Rouhani during a meeting in Tehran on July 14, 2018. (IRANIAN PRESIDENCY/AFP)

TEHRAN, Iran — The United States is increasingly isolated in its move to reimpose sanctions on Tehran after quitting the international nuclear deal, President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday, vowing to resist American “plots.”

“The path chosen by the Islamic Republic of Iran is perseverance, resistance,” Rouhani said in televised remarks. “Each time that we were able to thwart the plots, the people and the government were side by side.”

Over the objections of allies, Trump in May pulled the United States out of the nuclear deal signed between Tehran and world powers in 2015.

He reimposed US sanctions that had been suspended in return for controls on Tehran’s nuclear program, effectively barring many multinational firms from doing business in Iran.

“The United States is more and more isolated on the subject of sanctions,” said Rouhani. “The illegal logic of the United States is not supported by any of the international organizations.”

Iran has faced mounting economic woes since Trump’s announcement, which added to pressure on its currency. The rial has lost around half its value against the dollar in nine months.

A group of protesters chant slogans at the historic Grand Bazaar in Tehran, Iran, June 25, 2018. (Iranian Labor News Agency via AP)

Many importers and exporters have complained they do not have enough currency to enable trade with foreign countries.

But Rouhani said Iran would ensure exporters and importers have “the necessary currency.”

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