“The reason for that is that our ill-wishers and enemies have found out that they cannot force us to capitulate under maximum pressure,” he noted, while addressing an event to mark the National Day of Petrochemical Industries in Tehran on Monday, IRNA reported.
The United States launched the “maximum pressure” campaign under President Donald Trump. The policy saw Washington leaving a multilateral and United Nations-ratified nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic last year, and returning the sanctions that the deal had lifted.
Washington then began pressuring its allies to toe its sanction line by halting trade with Tehran.
Rouhani described the campaign as “an all-out economic war,” which not only had fallen short of its objective, but also would continue to prove futile.
He said efforts to rally international support behind the campaign and put a legal spin on it had failed to bear fruit either.