IRAN President Hassan Rouhani has vowed to “defeat” Donald Trump after the US unleashed fresh sanctions on Tehran.
The White House reimposed biting economic restrictions after hauling the US out of a key 2015 global deal that limited Iran’s nuclear abilities. A fresh wave of US sanctions launched at the start of November are targeting Iran’s oil sector, drawing anger from Tehran. Mr Rouhani said: “The Americans will definitely be defeated in this path.
"If they are being honest and they are looking for regional security, this is not the path.
“If they are being honest and respect the Iranian people, this is not the path."
The new sanctions ban foreign companies from dealing in Iranian crude oil.
Under Mr Trump's latest barrage of measures, companies trading with Iran would be banned from doing business in the US.
Tehran’s energy, shipping and financial sectors have also been targeted.
Mr Trump vowed that companies trading with Iran would be hit by secondary sanctions but the EU wants to support companies that trade with Iran.
The US President hauled the US out of a 2015 deal that imposed strict controls on Iran’s nuclear programme.