Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared that the Islamic Republic will overcome newly re-imposed U.S. measures against Tehran, sanctions that will only serve to unify the nation. In a speech broadcast live on state television, Rouhani said his government would overcome the economic challenges and show “the anti-Iranians” in the White House that the sanctions would fail. “We will not allow a bunch of anti-Iranians that today have gathered in the White House to plot against us. The White House will not be happy with the end of today’s session,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said.
The Iranian parliament summoned President Rouhani for the first time, to answer a series of questions on the country’s weak economic growth and rising unemployment. Nevertheless, when asked about his handling of the economy, amid rising prices and unemployment, the Iranian President urged lawmakers to get rid of any doubt of the Islamic Republic’s future. “Why have the people’s hopes changed? Why, in regard to Iran’s future, they are in doubt, and beyond that, even in regard to the glory of the system, the strength of the system, growth for the future, they have doubts. This doubt we must get rid of,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said.