Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the United States on Saturday of “savagery” after Washington imposed new sanctions on Tehran, and said Iranians should direct their anger at the White House.
“The Americans have inflicted tens of millions of dollars of damage on Iran,” Rouhani said in televised remarks, his voice shaking with anger. “We haven’t such an extent of savagery … The address for Iranian people’s curses and hatred is the White House.”
Since US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran reached by his predecessor in 2018 and began introducing sanctions relaxed under the agreement, tensions between Washington and Tehran have exploded.
Washington on Monday imposed new sanctions on the Iranian Ministry of Defense and others involved in the nuclear weapons program in support of the United States’ claim that all United Nations sanctions against Tehran have now been restored.
On Thursday, Washington blacklisted several Iranian officials and entities for alleged serious human rights violations, including sanctions against a judge sentenced to death for alleged involvement with Iranian wrestlers.