Iran will overcome the US's re-launched measures against Tehran, sanctions that will only serve to unify the nation, President Hassan Rohani said Tuesday.
In a speech on state television, Rohani said his government would overcome the economic challenges and show "the anti-Iranian officials in the White House" that the sanctions would fail.
"The economic problems are critical, but more important than that is that many people have lost their faith in the future of the Islamic Republic and doubt its power," said Rohani, who attended a parliamentary session, to the questions of deputies about how to deal with the economy in the midst of rising prices and unemployment.
"We are not afraid of America or the economic problems," he said. "We will overcome the difficulties."
It was the first time Parliament had invited Rohani, who is under pressure from hardliners to change his cabinet following a deterioration in relations with the United States and growing economic difficulties in Iran.
Legislators have questioned Rohani on issues such as the decline in the Rials, which has lost more than half its value since April, weak economic growth and rising unemployment.