Iran's Rouhani: US sanctions are 'economic terrorism'

Hassan Rouhani speaks on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Reuters file photo.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said US sanctions were "economic terrorism", as he sought to foster a united front from visiting regional officials on Saturday.

"America's unjust and illegal sanctions against the honourable nation of Iran have targeted our nation in a clear instance of terrorism," Rouhani said in a televised speech.

He was speaking at a conference on terrorism and regional cooperation attended by parliament speakers from Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey.

"Economic terrorism is designed to create panic in the economy of a country and fear in other countries in order to prevent investment in the target country," Rouhani said.

"We are facing an all-out assault which is not only threatening our independence and identity but also is bent on breaking our longstanding ties."

 

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