Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says the US sanctions could be an opportunity for Iranian producers to increase their output to meet local demand.
Rouhani made the comment at the end of a joint meeting of the heads of three branches of government on Saturday.
He said the current situation will also be a good chance for exporters to offer domestically-produced goods on foreign markets.
Rouhani noted that the government has set aside the foreign currency needed to provide basic commodities for people in the country.
He said US sanctions will not cause major problems for Iran in the fields of energy, transportation, basic goods and production.
The president underlined that Washington’s sanctions are aimed at pressuring Iranian people.
He said the policies adopted by the White House vis-à-vis Iran, Middle East countries and even its own allies cannot continue.
President Rouhani underscored that the Iranian government and people will continue to work in tandem to foil enemy plots through resistance, planning and engagement with friendly states.
The president said the Iranian government will press ahead with plans to create jobs.
He said plans have also been set in motion to hand over unfinished projects to people and the private sector.
President Rouhani underlined that the US is isolated in the eyes of world nations, and is “more isolated than ever among Iranian people” over the sanctions it is imposing on the country.
He said the US government is hated in the Muslims world while facing problems at home, too.