"The new round of sanctions had no effect on the economy of our country because the bullets that the Americans had were used before against the Iranian nation. They had nothing new to offer, "the president said, according to an official statement.
In a meeting with the heads of Iran's judicial and legislative branch, Rohaní also said that "to say that the United States is not putting pressure on the Iranian people is completely wrong."
"With their illegitimate sanctions and directed at the banking system and the export of Iranian oil, as well as other export goods related to the country's income and the importation of basic goods, the Americans want to negatively affect the lives of the people", denounced
In this regard, the president stressed that although food and medicines are supposed to be excluded from sanctions, this is "incorrect" since "when sanctions are imposed on the banking system, it really affects everything."
To reassure the population, Rohaní reiterated that the authorities have "no problem" to provide basic products and meet the essential needs of citizens, although there are already goods and medicines that are scarce in the market.
In addition, Rohaní said that it was demonstrated that "the Americans can not reduce to zero the export of oil from Iran" because if this happens "others will also face problems", in reference to the rise in the price of a barrel of crude oil.
In his opinion, "in the next few months, Americans will understand well that the path they have chosen is wrong."
The US government sanctioned the past 5 to 700 individuals, companies and entities of Iran, mainly from its energy and financial sectors, but announced that eight countries will be exempt for six months from restrictions on the purchase of oil.
These measures complement those implemented in August and were announced by Washington following its withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran to force Tehran to reach a new pact.
In this regard, the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohamad Yavad Zarif, said today that the US ruled out any possibility of dialogue at the time he imposed sanctions on Iran.
"The Americans follow a hypocritical policy trying to say that they are seeking dialogue," Zarif criticized in an interview with Radio Tehran, in which he asserted that "there is no room for negotiations" while the other party does not fulfill its commitments.
The US abandoned the nuclear agreement despite the fact that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has ratified Iran's compliance and that the rest of the signatories – Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom and Germany – continue to support it.