Iran will not surrender to US pressure: Rouhani
A day after Washington's new sanctions against Tehran, Iran's president Hassan Rouhani said Iran will not surrender to U.S. pressure.
Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, president Rouhani said "They think they can make the Iranian nation surrender by putting pressures on Iran, by sanctions and even threats of war... The Iranian nation will resist against the U.S. plots".
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also underscored that his country will continue its decades-long support for the oppressed Palestinian people against Israel, adding that the Apartheid regime in Tel Aviv only understands the language of force.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran has always defended the rights of the Palestinian people and will continue this path. We will stand against the aggressors and oppressors and believe that the final victory belongs to the oppressed and the Palestinians," President Rouhani said, addressing a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday.
He expressed confidence that the Israeli crimes will further strengthen the Palestinian nation's resolve to resist, saying that the Palestinians will not keep mum about such crimes.
"The Palestinian people have resisted for 70 years and will continue resistance to restore their legitimate rights," President Rouhani said.
He also voiced regret over the Arab and Islamic countries' silence on the Zionists' crimes, and said, "We regret that certain regional Arab states have kept silent about the Zionists' crimes in the past few days."
Yet the Iranian president cautioned the West that Beitol Moqaddas (Jerusalem) may never be taken away from 1.5 billion Muslims through political games.
Rouhani also slammed those Western states who are defending the Israeli massacre of the Palestinians in Gaza as "Tel Aviv's legitimate right of self-defense", saying using the term, legitimate defense, in the case of occupiers is meaningless.