<figure> <img src="https://cdni.rt.com/files/2018.12/article/5c0b884efc7e93d93f8b456f.jpg"> <figcaption>FILE PHOTO Iranians are rallying against US policies. © Rouzbeh Fouladi / Zumpress / Global Look Press / <span class="copyright">Free</span></figcaption> </figure> <strong>The US sanctions against Iran are blatant examples of “economic terrorism,” and by disrupting Tehran’s ability to fight terrorist attacks, Washington puts its own security at risk, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said.</strong> The <em>“illegal US sanctions”</em> are <em>“a form of economic terrorism,”</em> Rouhani said, as cited by Iranian media. He further noted that the restrictions, re-imposed by Washington, are aimed at <em>“terrorizing the economy”</em> of Iran and threatening other nations into cutting trade and investment in the county.
Speaking at a security-themed conference on Saturday, the president noted that the sanctions may backfire since they undermine Tehran’s own efforts to fight drug trafficking and terrorist attacks.
I warn those who impose sanctions that if Iran’s ability to fight drugs and terrorism are affected… you will not be safe from a deluge of drugs, asylum seekers, bombs and terrorism.
On the sidelines of the event, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the US of flooding the region with weapons, turning it into a “tinderbox.”
“The level of arms sales by the Americans is unbelievable and much beyond the regional needs,” he said. That constitutes “a very dangerous” policy pursued by Washington in the region.
US President Donald Trump re-imposed sanctions on Tehran’s oil trade and banking sector earlier this year after pulling the county out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program.
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