Iran will not bow to ‘bullying powers’: Rouhani

<p style="text-align: left;">Iranian President Hassan Rouhani asserted on Tuesday that U.S. President Donald Trump had retreated from earlier threats against Iran &amp;ldquo;after seeing the unity of the Iranian people&amp;rdquo;.

In comments broadcast on state television, Rouhani said that Iran would &ldquo;not bow to bullying powers&rdquo;.

&ldquo;They thought they could undermine Iran, but in these difficult days of [U.S.] sanctions, the country's economy is still booming,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Every day, a new economic project is inaugurated.&rdquo;

&ldquo;U.S. sanctions and pressure have made the lives of the Iranian people more difficult, but they have failed to break our steadfastness,&rdquo; Rouhani added.

The Iranian nation will resist the pressures, but it will not bend towards bullying powers Rouhani said in remarks in a ceremony held to celebrate inauguration of a new water management project in West Azarbaijan.

Recent weeks have seen steadily mounting tension between Iran and the U.S.

Last week, the U.S. deployed a carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf citing &ldquo;intelligence&rdquo; of an imminent Iranian attack on U.S. interests in the region.

Tehran responded to the escalation by threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, a main artery for global oil shipments linking the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Oman.

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