Iran’s maximum resilience to foil US maximum pressure
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Seyyed Abbas Mousavi, has rejected the US strategy to exert maximum pressure on the Islamic Republic calling on Washington to maintain respect when speaking with Iranian nation.
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Abbas Mousavi took to Twitter on Saturday to respond to an earlier tweet by US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus on Washington’s intention to increase maximum pressure on Iran.
"Your maximum pressure is neutralized by our maximum resilience, discretion and hope," the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
He added that Iran would pass all these difficult stages "with honor" as it did in the past four decades, advising American authorities to "learn to speak respectfully with the Iranian nation and return to your commitments."
In her Friday tweet, Ortagus said the US is increasing maximum pressure on Iran by targeting its construction sector, which she claimed is controlled by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
She added that anyone who sells, supplies, or transfers covered materials to Iran’s construction sector will face mandatory sanctions.
The US on Thursday imposed sanctions on Iran's construction sector despite Washington's announcement a week ago that it had created a new mechanism to facilitate "permissible trade" with Tehran.
The US State Department issued a fact sheet, singling out the sale of software used for industrial purposes, raw and semi-finished metals, graphite and coal used in Iran's construction sector as targets for the new sanctions.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday slammed the United States for imposing fresh sanctions against Tehran, saying the new restrictions show Washington's "maximum failure" in what it calls maximum pressure policy regarding the Islamic Republic.
"Subjecting construction workers to #EconomicTerrorism only manifests maximum failure of 'maximum pressure'," Zarif said in a post on his official Twitter account.
In separate remarks on Saturday, the Iranian spokesperson addressed the Islamic Republic’s keenness to safeguard the security of the Persian Gulf region.
He said the full text of Iran’s initiative for regional security, known as Hormuz Peace Endeavor (HOPE), has been sent to leaders of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Iraq.
The initiative “indicates the determination of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the significance it attaches to regional countries in maintaining stability and security of the Persian Gulf region," Mousavi added.
In his letter, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called on the GCC states to make collective efforts to implement HOPE, he said.
He noted that the Iranian foreign minister would also send a letter to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in this regard in the near future.
In an address to the 74th session of the UN General Assembly on September 25, Rouhani invited all countries that are affected by developments in the Persian Gulf to join the country’s initiative for the security of the strategic region.
He said that the “Coalition of HOPE” aims to promote peace, stability, progress and prosperity of littoral states and help achieve mutual understanding and establish peaceful and friendly relations among them.