‘Wherever America goes, terror expands’: Rouhani says US is ‘supporter of terrorism’ over sanctions & bombing Syria

RT 1 month ago

Joining Fox’s Chris Wallace for an interview that ran on Tuesday night, Rouhani rejected any notion that Iran was on a “fanatical” quest for nuclear weapons – as his American counterpart claimed in a speech earlier in the day – and countered that Washington was instead the major troublemaker in the Middle East.

“Today, America, unfortunately, is the supporter of terrorism in our region – and wherever America has gone, terrorism has expanded in the wake,” Rouhani said, pointing to US intervention in Syria as a case-in-point.

The country that is present and flying over the air space of and bombarding the soil of the country of Syria without permission of the government is the United States of America.

Rouhani added that American sanctions on Iran also qualified as a form of terrorism, pointing out their ill effects on the country’s healthcare system and medicine costs. He said sanctions relief remained a hard precondition before Tehran would even consider coming to the table for talks.

“If there is a cessation to [the sanctions], then the atmosphere will change,” the president said.

Despite US President Donald Trump signaling a desire to end the American military presence in Syria, Washington continues to conduct operations there expressly against the wishes of its government. For years under the Barack Obama administration, the US also poured hundreds of millions of dollars in weapons and other aid into Syria’s rebel opposition, flooding the country with arms and prolonging the bloody conflict.

US meddling elsewhere – from North Africa to Central Asia – has also helped to blast open the floodgates of violence and extremism. After nearly two decades at war in Afghanistan, militant groups hold more territory there than ever before, launching regular attacks on US and Afghan forces. Meanwhile in Libya, fallout from the US-led NATO operation that overthrew leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 continues to tear the country apart, with multiple statelets warring for control and legitimacy.

Tensions have soared between Washington and Tehran since last year, when President Trump withdrew the United States from its end of a nuclear accord signed between Iran and world powers and reimposed a raft of crippling sanctions on the country’s economy. A number of incidents around the Persian Gulf – including “sabotage” on tanker vessels, the shootdown of a US spy drone, and attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure – have been pinned on Iran, holding hostilities at their current high point.


Source link
Read also:
Fox News › 1 month ago
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani claimed in an exclusive interview airing later Tuesday that America, not Iran, is the key supporter of Middle East terrorism.
The Guardian › Politics › 1 month ago
Hopes of a deal with Trump quashed as Rouhani accuses US of ‘economic terrorism’Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, has ruled out negotiations on its nuclear programme with the United States so long as sanctions remained in place and said he was...
ABC News › 1 month ago
Iran's Hassan Rouhani told ABC News' anchor David Muir that U.S. sanctions were an "economic form of terrorism" against Iranians.
Fox News › 1 month ago
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday his country will not negotiate with the United States while economic sanctions are in place.
The Guardian › 1 month ago
Counter-terrorism officers say a total of seven far-right terror plots have been foiled on British soil since March 2017Counter-terrorism officers say that since March 2017 seven far-right terror plots have been foiled. Here we take a look at some of...
The Sun › Politics › 1 month ago
JOHN Downey, prime suspect in the IRA Hyde Park bombing, is led from court in handcuffs after he was remanded in custody over another terror attack. John Downey, 67, appeared before magistrates in Omagh, Co Tyrone, yesterday accused of the 1972 murder...
Reuters › 1 month ago
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday new U.S. sanctions, under which Iran's central bank was blacklisted for a second time, pointed to U.S. "desperation" in face of Iranian resistance.
Reuters › 1 month ago
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday he was open to discuss small changes, additions or amendments to a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers if the United States lifted sanctions imposed on the Islamic republic.
The Independent › 1 month ago
Donald Trump has offered to remove all sanctions against Iran in exchange for talks, Hassan Rouhani has said.
CNN › 1 month ago
Iran agreed to a four-point plan for talks with the United States during the UN General Assembly last week, until US President Donald Trump threatened to increase sanctions against Tehran, President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech on...
Sign In

Sign in to follow sources and tags you love, and get personalized stories.

Continue with Google
OR