Iranian govt. not afraid of US threats

TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) – President Hassan Rouhani referred on Wednesday to the 13th of Aban in the Iranian calendar (Nov. 4), which marks the anniversary of Iranian university students’ seizure of the US embassy in Tehran in 1979, saying it was basically the day of fighting capitulation for the independence of the Iranian nation against US aggression.

Speaking in a cabinet meeting, Rouhani said the government is not afraid of US threats at all, adding that “maybe in the recent months, situation has been tough for our people, but the government is making its best to reduce problems and we will not let this trend continue.”

Stating that one of the reasons for reshuffling the cabinet was to work better in resolving people’s problems, the president said many great countries in Asia, Europe and other continents have sent messages to tell Iran that they will stand by us.

“The new US plot against Iran will definitely fail and they are stepping back; first, they said they would reduce Iran’s oil export to zero but they then said that Iran’s oil export can’t be reduced to zero in November, and then they said that Iran’s oil cannot be reduced to zero and we want to simply reduce Iran’s oil export,” added Rouhani.

Addressing Americans, he said “you can neither stop Iran’s oil export, nor reduce it to the amount you want; you want to irritate the Iranian nation; of course, people of Iran are mad at the US and its crimes, not at their own government.”

Rouhani added, “we tell our business partners that this US pressure is temporary and our relations with you are permanent. Americans will shout a few days, but they will go. They cannot decide for the region and the great nations.”

Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani pointed to people’s attendance in Arbaeen procession in the holy city of Karbala as the display of power to the enemies of Islam and said, “Imam Hussein’s (AS) Arbaeen has many spiritual, political, regional and global benefits.”

“Serving Imam Hussein’s (AS) pilgrims is a great honor for our government,” he added.

He went on to appreciate the people of Iraq for hosting Iranian pilgrims, saying, “Iraqi people, especially the people of Karbala, have always been good hosts for guests throughout the history during Arbaeen and these days are the days of affection and brotherhood of the two nations.”

Rouhani appreciated all executive agencies, ministries of interior, health and medical education, petroleum, energy, roads and urban development, Red Crescent Society, law enforcement, municipalities and religious groups all over the country for their hard work during Arbaeen.

MR/PR

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