Published: Tue, September 25, 2018

Rouhani lashes out: 'Iran will defeat Trump just like it did Saddam'

Rouhani lashes out: 'Iran will defeat Trump just like it did Saddam'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani doubles down on strengthening the country's ballistic missile program, despite sharp criticism from the U.S. "Perhaps on this path we will sustain certain pressures, but certainly the United States will not reach its objective".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news conference with President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation following their meeting in Tehran, Iran September 7, 2018.

Iran has suggested in recent weeks that it could take military action in the Gulf to block other countries' oil exports in retaliation for USA sanctions meant to halt its sales of crude.

Falih said Saudi Arabia could increase output, but the move is not needed at this time because the markets are already adequately supplied.


Trump, who has criticized the world body in previous appearances, said the U.N.'s "potential is being met, slowly but surely, it's being met". "America will suffer the same fate as Saddam Hussein", Rouhani said. He did this despite the fact that the other parties to the accord, including the European Union, Germany, France, Britain, China and Russian Federation, insisted that they will stick to the deal and warned the United States against such a move.

Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, which also signed the nuclear deal, opposed the Trump administration's decision to withdraw from it. "To act under the command of the supreme leader and remain united".

"Rouhani's political career is in danger if he talks to Trump because then the multinational nuclear deal will be out of the picture and Rouhani will lose the support of his European allies for ignoring them", said a senior Iranian official from Tehran.

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