Iran adamant about bringing sanctions to end: Rouhani

BUSHEHR, Jan. 13 (MNA) – President Rouhani has announced today among people of Bushehr that the government has taken the first steps toward removal of sanctions and would continue until complete lifting of sanctions is achieved.

President Hassan Rouhani made the remarks today on Tuesday among the people of Bushehr at his twelfth provincial visit.

While maintaining that the country’s period of recession had finally come to an end after two years, President Rouhani touched upon the issue of the ‘unjust sanctions’ against Iran, adding “the Islamic Republic has taken the first steps toward an end to sanctions which have naturally affected the social and economic lives of the people. With national support and under the guidance of the Leader we have embarked on the path toward an end to sanctions and will continue this path until the sanctions are fully revoked.”

President Rouhani stressed that all Iranians demand an end to unfair sanctions, noting that the period of throwing ‘threats’ and slapping ‘sanctions’ on other countries was long over.

“Should the 5+1 decide not to take up on a rational and quick path in the nuclear negotiations, they will sustain loss. Iran, however, will continue negotiations, peaceful coexistence and constructive interaction with the world within the framework of national interests,” he said.

Rouhani also touched upon the issue on plummeting oil prices, warning that the oil price reduction plot some countries had devised against others would backfire and they would soon face the consequences of their wrong decisions.

He noted that the Islamic Republic would not be burdened with oil price drop pressure, and countries such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait would sustain greater loss than Iran in this respect; “statistics have shown that 80 percent of Saudi Arabia’s annual budget is dependent on oil sales, and 90 percent of the country’s exports is related to crude oil. Similarly, 95 percent of Kuwait’s annual budget is dependent on oil sales, with 95 percent of its exports related to crude oil.”

“Iran, however, has the least dependency on oil sales with only 33 percent of its annual budget dependant on oil and with 60 percent of its exports related to oil,” said Rouhani, asserting that the government would further increase its non-oil exports this year.

 

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