Iranian Government Spokesman Ali Rabiei says Tehran’s policy is to neutralize the US sanctions strategy, and put an end to all anti-Iran bans until 2021.
Rabiei said in a memo on Saturday that the government of President Hassan Rouhani will make every effort to have Iran sanctions lifted by May 2021, when it is going to hand over the administration to the next president.
He said Washington has resorted to the “maximum pressure policy” to achieve five objectives.
“1. Forcing Iran into submission and holding talks 2. Forming a regional coalition aimed at isolating Iran 3. Bringing Iran’s oil exports to zero to crush the country’s economy 4. Triggering unreal public protests and provoking people to rise up against the Establishment 5. Making Iran hastily withdraw from the JCPOA and setting the stage to push Iran towards Chapter 7 of the UN Charter,” he said.
The spokesman said the so-called Foundation for Defence of Democracies (FDD) is the Zionist think tank which seeks to institutionalize sanctions by overstepping the JCPOA and engineering unfair sanctions.
“The Israeli anti-JCPOA lobby in the United States now says that sanctions should be designed and institutionalized in such a way that no other president in the US will ever be able to revoke them even if he wants to,” he added.
“By exercising strategic restraint and not pulling out of the JCPOA, Iran showed that it knows what the belligerent Zionist lobby is up to,” the spokesman said.
“We will not succumb to sanctions, and will kill any motivation to put sanctions on Iran through resistance and reliance on domestic capability coupled with diplomatic initiatives,” he noted.