President Hassan Rouhani says Iran has “high hopes” that the US will fail in its push to extend the UN arms embargo on Tehran and will face isolation at the Security Council, urging neighboring countries not to let Washington “exploit” them to advance its own agenda, Press TV reports.
Speaking during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Rouhani said the resolution proposed by the US to block the expiry of the Iranian arms embargo violates UNSC Resolution 2231, which enshrined the 2015 nuclear deal — officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“Until today, the US has failed politically, and it will fail again. The United States cannot attract and convince the world’s public opinion, and the world now feels that Iran is a law-abiding and moral country that is committed to its obligations,” Rouhani said.
He added, “The majority of regional countries have close relations with us and these few countries in the south should know well that Iran’s defense and weapons power is in the interest of the region. We have always been your supporter and brother and today we are still the same. You should know that the United States is unsuccessful against Iran and Iran will be victorious.”