US sanctions are 'economic terrorism', says Iran President Hassan Rouhani

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AFP Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran Dec 08, 2018, 01.08 PM (IST)

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said US sanctions were "economic terrorism", as he sought to foster a united front from visiting regional officials on Saturday. 

"America's unjust and illegal sanctions against the honourable nation of Iran have targeted our nation as a clear instance of terrorism," Rouhani told a conference in Tehran attended by officials from Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey.

"Economic terrorism is designed to create panic in the economy of a country and fear in other countries in order to prevent investment in the target country," he added.

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'Economic terrorism is designed to create panic in the economy of a country and fear in other countries in order to prevent investment in the target country,' Rouhani said.