President Hassan Rouhani addresses crowds during a ceremony celebrating the 41th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in the capital Tehran. (By President.ir)
President Hassan Rouhani says the United States cannot tolerate being driven out of Iran by the 1979 Islamic Revolution and has been dreaming for 41 years of returning to this country, which is now the Middle Eastís largest power.
Rouhani made the remarks while addressing a large crowd of demonstrators who had converged on Tehranís iconic Azadi Square on Tuesday on the occasion of the 41st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.
The president said the Islamic Revolution was a choice made by the Iranian nation, and that Americaís enmity towards the nation is rooted in its fear of Islamic power and the Revolutionís power.
"It is natural that the US cannot tolerate the Islamic Revolution, the victory of a great nation and the expulsion of American superpower from this land, and it is also natural that the US has been dreaming about returning to this land every single night since 41 years ago," Rouhani said.
The Americans, he added, "know very well how important Iran is. They are well aware of the role Iran plays in the region and of the fact that Iran is one of the biggest powers - or actually the biggest one - in the sensitive Middle East region. That is why American and Zionism have been acting as arch-enemies of Iran and its Revolution from day one."
Rouhani further hit out at the US for pushing ahead with a "maximum pressure" campaign of sanctions against the Islamic Republic, which has failed to bring "the nation to its knees."
The US made attempts to plunder Iranís wealth and make its people surrender but in vain, said the president, adding that the Iranians remained steadfast and achieved self-sufficiency in various sections.
Rouhani further praised the domestic achievements made in the defense sector in recent years.
"Before the Islamic Revolution, 95% of the countryís required arms were imported, while today all of what we needed is produced domestically," he said.
President Rouhani further called on the Iranian nation to further boost national unity, saying, "Whenever we have closed ranks, the US has faced defeat and [economic] flourishing has happened."