Rouhani made the comment in a meeting with Iranian expatriates in Austria during his trip to the European country.
“The US government’s objective is to isolate the Iranian nation, but it (Washington) will pay a heavy price for it, and this is the first time that only one or two small countries are supporting the US in its plots against the Iranian nation,” said the president.
He then underlined that the US has always tried to weaken Iran’s relations with other countries.
“The Zionists, the Americans and a handful of other countries have always sought to undermine Iran’s ties with other world countries, its neighbours and friendly nations, or to sever those relations altogether if possible,” he said.
“Their objective has been to blockade and isolate Iran and, let’s say, promote Iranophobia in the region and in the world,”
President Rouhani noted Iran has tried to foil this objective and introduce its real status as an influential country in the region and across the world.
He then touched upon Washington’s baseless claims that Iran has reneged on its commitments under the JCPOA.
“If Iran has committed any violations, it is the International Atomic Energy Agency that should announce them, and the agency has announced 11 times loud and clear that Iran has lived up to all of its obligations,” he said.
The president said all countries have objected to US President Donald Trump’s unilateral pullout from the JCPOA, and announced that it was an illegal move which was in contravention of all international agreements.
“Today, we are in a situation where international organizations, including the UN Security Council, the European Union and an overwhelming majority of world countries and nations are standing by the Islamic Republic of Iran,” said President Rouhani.
“This situation, will make the United States’ confrontation with Iran very costly, and the Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to thwart the Americans’ conspiracies as always because their position is illogical, illegal, unfair and against international commitments and US Security Council enactments,” he added.
“The Americans erroneously believe that if they put pressure on Iranian people, the Iranians will succumb to the language of force, threat and humiliation, but never ever in history has a power been able to make the great Iranian nation cave in to illogical words, and any encroachment upon the Iranian nation’s rights has been doomed to fail,” he noted.
He said even if all pressures are exerted on Iranian people, they will be able to run their country very well.
“Today is the day when the need for consultation, friendship, brotherhood and unity among all Iranians is felt more than ever,” he said.
The president underscored that ill-wishers both inside and outside the country will not be allowed to destroy Iran’s “linking bridges” with the rest of the world.
He also underlined that the Iranian diaspora is the most important link between the Iranian nation and other countries in the world.