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Syria's Enemies Resort to Economic Sanctions after Failing to Achieve Their Goals through Terrorism: Nasrallah

BEIRUT- Secretary General of Hizbollah resistance movement Hassan Nasrallah has affirmed that Syria's enemies are trying to implement their aggressive schemes through imposing unilateral coercive economic measures on the country after they failed to achieve their goals through terrorism and military aggression.

In a statement on Monday, Nasrallah said, according to the Syrian news agency, that "US President Donald Trump wants to punish Iran, Venezuela and Syria… Enemies want to achieve through sanctions what they failed to achieve militarily, particularly under an American administration that adopts the law of jungles through which Trump practices terrorism and kills thousands of innocent people."

He criticized the silence of the international community over Trump's aggressive policies that violate all international laws and conventions.

 Hezbollah chief dismissed claims of infighting between Russian and Iranian forces in Syria’s eastern province of Deir Ezzor as well as the northern province of Aleppo, stating that Saudi-owned al-Arabia television news network has “disseminated such lies.”

“Saudi-backed media outlets are spreading lies and fallacies about Hezbollah, Iran and the region to a large extent,” Nasrallah said, according to Press TV.

US sanctions on Iran are an act of aggression

He denounced US economic sanctions against Iran, describing the punitive measures as “an act of aggression” against all world nations.

 “US efforts to increase economic pressure on Iran, especially its pledge to drive the country’s oil exports to zero, will have negative repercussions and will affect the entire world, including the US itself,” Nasrallah said.

He then called on world nations to stand up against “US arrogance,” pointing out, "The tyrannical US government has no respect whatsoever for international law and regulations.”

Nasrallah also lashed out at Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for following in US footsteps and joining Washington’s economic pressure campaign against Iran, press TV said.

Israeli threat

Hezbollah Secretary General  rejected media allegations that the Israeli occupation entity is planning to launch a surprise war against Lebanon this summer.

 “There is very little likelihood that Israel would launch another war on Lebanon. The Israeli army is not prepared for any aggression against the country. I personally don’t think such a thing would happen,” Nasrallah highlighted.

Nasrallah, went on to say that "if the Palestinians did not remain hopeful, Trump would impose the ‘Deal of the Century’ on them," adding that hope and trust in God have enabled them to challenge all the world’s tyrants.

Lebanon had a clear experience in the resistance field, according to Sayyed Nasrallah who pointed out that when Hezbollah started its military operations against the Israeli occupation army, some Lebanese doubted and questioned the feasibility of this track.

 “Had the Lebanese given up hope in Holy God  and surrendered in face of the Zionist enemy, Trump would have offered Lebanon to the Israeli entity,” he said, according to al-ManarTV.

Wahhabism responsible for emergence of regional terrorism

He then slammed Saudi Arabia and the UAE for spreading terrorism and chaos in countries like Yemen, Sudan and Libya.

Nasrallah also blamed Wahhabism for the emergence of regional terrorism and Takfiri terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and Daesh.

Wahhabism is the radical ideology dominating Saudi Arabia, freely preached by government-backed clerics there, and inspiring terrorists worldwide. Daesh and other Takfiri terror groups use the ideology to declare people of other faiths as “infidels” and then kill them.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Nasrallah touched upon the economic crisis in Lebanon, demanding greater cooperation and unity among Lebanese political factions.

Nasrallah also condemned the terrorist Massacre committed in Sri Lanka, calling for confronting terrorism and its supporters and sponsors.

Hamda Mustafa