In a Nowruz letter addressed to “the American people”, President Rouhani wrote that “the Iranian people are harmed by both the deadly coronavirus and the callous U.S. government policy of economic terrorism inflicted on them. Yet, even under the circumstances of the pandemic, the U.S. government has failed to abandon its malicious policy of maximum pressure; and is thus in practice aiding the spread of this virus with its sanctions”. Rouhani further warned that “any hostile actor seeking to undermine Iran’s health system and restricting the needed financial resources to tackle the crisis will undermine the fight against the pandemic all over the world”. Calling on the “American people to speak loudly and hold their government accountable”, Rouhani added that “we react to the language of force with the language of resistance and to the language of dignity with the language of respect”.
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