Attending the weekly cabinet meeting, Hassan Rouhani stated: “In a country where all resources were cut off and the budget has always relied on oil and now oil is in trouble, the government replaced the oil with non-oil exports, and it was not easy.”
He noted that the main oil exports that had helped Iran have been products, petrochemicals, and steel in recent years.
“Of course, we have other cases, but these are the three main ones, and it carried a heavy burden to replace oil,” he added.
He pointed out that despite dire COVID conditions in the country, non-oil exports were almost in line with imports and said non-oil exports were $ 40 billion and imports were $ 42 billion.
He stressed that those who imposed sanctions on Iran didn’t even imagine that Iran would export gasoline to the region.
“If one day we exported oil, today we also export gas, products, and electricity, and a great change has taken place, and all those who were active in our mining industry during these 4 years have borne a heavy burden,” he added.
He also gave an assurance to the people and critics that the Vienna talks will result in Iran’s victory.
President Rouhani noted the lifting of sanctions will improve people’s lives.
He also lashed out at those who claim to be concerned about people’s living situation, but at the same time express dissatisfaction with the Vienna talks aimed at getting US sanctions to be lifted
“We cannot say we care about people, and at the same time express grief when attempts are being made to remove sanctions,” said the president.
“Expressing concern about people’s lives and expressing grief about the lifting of sanctions are mutually exclusive,” he added.
“The removal of sanctions is good. If you really do care about people, then why you are sad over efforts to lift the sanctions?” the president asked rhetorically.
President Rouhani said all negotiations that Iran has held during the eight-year tenure of his administration have been fruitful.
He said the Vienna talks will end in final victory for Iran.