Tehran: President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that Iran is “very happy” with the departure of US President Donald Trump. Donald Trump led the “Maximum Pressure” campaign against the Islamic Republic.
President-elect Joe Biden, who defeated Trump at the ballot box in November, has signalled a willingness to return to diplomacy with Iran after four tense years under the outgoing president.
“Some say you are overexcited by the advent of Mr. Biden. No, we are not, but we are very happy to see Trump leave,” he said in televised comments at a cabinet meeting.
“Thank God, these are his final days,” Rouhani added, calling Trump a “tyrant”, “the most unruly, lawless president” and a “terrorist and murderer.”
The Electoral College confirmed Biden as the next President of the United States on Monday, although the current president continues to refuse to accept defeat.
The official transfer of power will be taken by Biden on January 20.
During Trump’s presidency, tensions between Tehran and Washington surged as his government tried to bring Israel and the Arab Gulf countries closer and took a hard line against Iran.
In 2018, Trump withdrew Washington from a landmark nuclear agreement with Tehran and restarted penalizing unilateral sanctions.
In January of this year, Trump ordered an air strike near the Baghdad airport, killing Iran’s senior general Qasem Soleimani and retaliating against the US Iraqis in Iraq.
Trump “creates obstacles for us purchasing (Covid-19) vaccines, (that is) how much this person is bereft of all ethical and human principles,” Rouhani said.
Official data show that Iran is the Middle Eastern country hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 1.1 million cases and 52,670 deaths.
Vaccines and other humanitarian items should be exempt from US sanctions, but in reality, few banks are willing to risk dealing with Iranian transactions for fear of heavy fines in US courts.
Since Bidens victory, Rouhanis government has repeatedly signalled its openness to the incoming US administration, although Irans supreme leader has cautioned against hopes of an opening with the West.
Rouhani said the outcome of the US election showed the American peoples desire for a “law-abiding” president and called on the Biden administration to live up to the expectation.
“If it wants to be on the correct path, its there, and if it wants the wrong one, its also there,” he said.