Iran registers positive economic growth rate despite COVID-19 pandemic
Iran registers positive economic growth rate despite COVID-19 pandemic
President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that Iran has registered a positive economic growth rate in the first half of the current Iranian calendar year.

TEHRAN (Iran News) – Speaking during a cabinet session, the President said that the economic growth will continue until the end of the year.

He said Iran is one of the rare countries in the world which has managed to register a positive economic growth rate despite the pandemic.

He added that the government has paid most attention to the less privileged class of the society over the past two and a half years ago when the country was under tough US sanctions.

The president said that the government has supplied water, electricity, and gas free of charge to low-consumption subscribers who are mostly from among the vulnerable walks of people.

The government is also supplying the less privileged class of the society with relief packages to remedy the pressure of sanctions on their lives, Rouhani said.

He said that if the new US government intends to uphold US commitments under the Iran deal, Iran’s message would be very clear and simple: “If you uphold your commitments, we will uphold ours, and if you fail to do so, we will not bow down to you.”

“We will welcome any move by the other side [the US] to surrender to the rule of law,” Rouhani said during the Cabinet session on Wednesday.

Addressing the next US administration, he said, “If you fulfill all your commitments, we will likewise return to full compliance to our commitments; if not, we will never give in [to your pressures].”

On May 8, 2018, US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the international agreement and announced the return of nuclear sanctions, in violation of Washington’s commitments under the JCPOA. But despite using sanctions and other pressure, Trump has been unable to lure Iran into negotiating a new deal.

Trump’s move has drawn widespread domestic and international condemnation.

In response to the US moves and the failure of the Europeans to shield trade with Tehran, Iran started to gradually reduce its commitments under the JCPOA after giving the remaining parties to the deal a whole year to compensate for the damage it suffered from Trump’s withdrawal.

In its latest move, Iran started the process to enrich uranium to 20 percent purity at its Fordow nuclear facility earlier this week.

  • source : IRNA