Tehran 0
2 January 2019

President Rouhani maintained that the U.S. "won't ever achieve their goal of preventing Iran from exporting its oil and its derivatives... our oil sales have been continuing just as it was expected, but there are some minor issues that are solvable and will be solved soon". He went on to say that Iran's defence minister had "presented a good report on achievements regarding mid-range, long-range, air-to-air, surface-to-sea and sea-to-sea missiles as well as drones", adding that "we'll never hesitate to boost our defensive power". Rouhani also commented on President Trump's visit to Iraq in late December, saying that the brief trip "means that you have not been successful". 

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