"I do not deny the economic challenges that were created by the US sanctions, however, the more they increase the pressures, the stronger the people’s will gets,” Vaezi told reporters in an inauguration ceremony in the Northwestern city of Tabriz on Thursday.
He added that those imposing the sanctions imagined they would bring another ruling system to the country within three months, but Iran has passed all the pressures, and the vigilant people, once again, showed that they will defeat the enemy in any battle.
In relevant remarks earlier this month, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani underlined the need for more attention to internal capacities to improve the country, describing sanctions as a driving force to increase power.
"Despite the fact that most of the country's needs were supplied through imports in the past, the focus for supplying goods is on indigenized products after sanctions," Larijani said, addressing a ceremony in the Southwestern province of Khuzestan.
He noted that the internal and knowledge-based companies have become more active and strengthened the country after sanctions, and continued, "This will improve the economic conditions next year."
"Iran has for years stood on its feet and played an important role in the region which is a great job and a source of honor for the country," Larijani said.
Washington’s unilateral sanctions against Tehran began in November 2018, five months after US President Donald Trump withdrew from an international deal on Iran’s nuclear program.
Claiming that the bans were working properly, Trump tightened them in May, only to see that Iran was finding new solutions to recoup the losses.