PressTV Interview with Peter Koenig
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the new US sanctions
against Tehran show that Washington has targeted ordinary
Rouhani said the US has spared no effort to mount pressure on
Iran through what he called wrong sanctions. He noted that
Washington, however, failed in its campaign to bring Iranian oil
sales to zero as it had to give waivers to Irans major customers.
He also slammed the US for waging a psychological war against Iran,
saying Washington will soon understand that it has taken a wrong
PressTV: What is your take on this?
Peter Koenig: As I said on previous
occasions, these and all other US sanctions, interfering in other
countries sovereign affairs are totally illegal by any standards of
What is amazing is that this crime, which Washington inflicts
with impunity to every nation that refuses to follow its dictate,
this crime has grown to become a normality and the rest of the
western civilization simply accepts it - well, civilization if we
can still consider ourselves a civilization.
Having said this, these sanctions are actually toothless. They
are ineffective, as Iran will keep selling oil and gas to petrol
companies and honor their long-term government contracts. Of
course, there are countries afraid of being sanctioned by the
United States if they continue dealing with Iran. But by and large,
they are few and fewer, because even the western world starts
seeing that relying on Washington is like committing slow
Many have decided to go their own way. Even the EU talks about
it, including creating their own transfer system to avoid going
through SWIFT for monetary transfers. SWIFT is the western totally
privately-owned transfer system, thanks to which financial
sanctions are possible. SWIFT is linked to Wall Street banks
through which all western transfers have to transit.
In the meantime, of course, Iran has been cut off SWIFT as
mandated by Trump, but that is of little importance, because Iran
has linked up, as part of her Economy of
Resistance, with the eastern SCO Shanghai Cooperation
Organization using CIPS the Chinese International Payment System
for international monetary transfers.
Of course, Mr. Trump knows it.
So, his sanctions are not much more than a constantly repeated
propaganda stint, trying to impress the world, like we can put
any country to its knees, if we want to. Sorry,
Washington, no longer. These are times of the past, and your dollar
hegemony is nearing the end. Its just a question of time.
PressTV: Do you think, considering all the countries
that seem to defy US sanctions, has anything changed in recent
PK: Absolutely. A lot. It...