Iran President Hassan Rouhani decries 'idiotic' US sanctions

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Iran’s president says the new U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader and others are “outrageous and idiotic.”

The comments by Hassan Rouhani come a day after the Trump administration sanctioned Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his associates.

Rouhani says the decision meant the “certain failure” of the White House’s efforts. He spoke in a live television address today.

Rouhani also criticized U.S. officials for wanting to sanction Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

An exasperated Rouhani said: “You sanction the foreign minister simultaneously with a request for talks?”-AP