“With their illegal and inhuman sanctions, and terrorist actions, the Americans have inflicted 150 billion dollars of damage on the people of Iran,” Rouhani said.
REGIONAL AFFAIRS: IN MARCH, Israeli intelligence sources told The Jerusalem Post that due to the coronavirus crisis, Iran could not maintain the same pace of uranium enrichment.
"The US is committed to holding accountable those who deny freedom and justice to people of Iran."
Recent statements paint a picture of a solidifying worldview in Iran that harkens back not only to the era of the Iran-Iraq War, but also its view of a 'final victory' against the West.
The US is precisely right to take extreme action against Iran.
Pompeo also announced sanctions against Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro, whose presidency is contested.
The new sanctions come a week after US-brokered deals for the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to normalize ties with Israel, pacts that may coalesce a wider coalition against Iran.
"America is approaching a certain defeat in its sanctions move ... It faced defeat and negative response from the international community."
While there is hope by Trump administration supporters that the US decision to move forward on snapback will work, the consensus appears to be in Europe, Russia, Iran and elsewhere, that it will not.
Overall it is the symbolism that is important to Iran, its belief that a growing alliance with Russia and China could upend US policy globally.