Iranian President: America Must ‘Bow Down Before’ Iran
President Hassan Rouhan refuses to back down
In a video translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, Rouhani said:
"Those who have imposed sanctions on our people, and have carried out economic terrorism – any change in our conduct toward them must start with their repentance," he said.
"They must return to their obligations and change the erroneous path they have chosen. They must act in the service of the world's interests and security while maintaining respect for the other."
"They must recognize our revolution, our regime, and the rights of our people, and they must reject their mistakes."
"With regard to the relations between Iran and America – unless America gives up the sanctions and rejects the erroneous path it has chosen, we will see no positive change."
"If you lift all the sanctions and bow down before the Iranian people, the circumstances will be different."
"We want to resolve the issues and problems in a reasonable manner, but we are not interested in photo-ops."
"If someone wants to have his photo taken with Hassan Rouhani – well, that's impossible. It can be done with Photoshop, but a real photo is impossible, unless one day they lift all their unjust sanctions, and respect the rights of the Iranian people."
"Then we would be talking about new circumstances, and we could reconsider it."
Iran has continued to suffer months crippling sanctions imposed on it by the U.S.
The U.S has proceeded to crack down on the Iranian network, designating a Lebanon bank that Hezbollah, a "global terrorist."
Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker said in a statement:
"Treasury is targeting Jammal Trust Bank and its subsidiaries for brazenly enabling Hezbollah's financial activities," he said.
"Corrupt financial institutions like Jammal Trust are a direct threat to the integrity of the Lebanese financial system. Jammal Trust provides support and services to Hezbollah's Executive Council and the Martyrs Foundation, which funnels money to the families of suicide bombers."
In May, a German intelligence report claimed Iran is attempting to acquire weapons of mass destruction.
The report says the Iranian regime is trying to expand its arsenal with heavier weapons amid flaring tensions with the United States.
Describing to the Islamic Republic as a "risk country," the May 2019 report reveals that Tehran is "making efforts to expand its conventional arsenal of weapons with weapons of mass destruction."
These weapons are defined as atomic bombs, biological and chemical weapons by the Bavarian Office for the Protection of the Constitution - Germany's equivalent of the CIA.