confirmed the seriousness of statements made by Iranian President Hassan
Rouhani. Rouhani predicted a "deluge" of
drugs, refugees and attacks on the West if US sanctions weaken
Iran's ability to contain them.
"I warn those who impose sanctions that if Iran's ability to fight drugs and terrorism are affected ... you will not be safe from a deluge of drugs, asylum seekers, bombs and terrorism," Rouhani said in a speech carried live on state television.
Observers said it was a green light for all terrorist organizations in the region to begin an era of chaos upon a direct order from Rouhani.
Rouhani said that US sanctions imposed on his country amounted to "economic terrorism".
"America's unjust and illegal sanctions against the honorable nation of Iran have targeted our nation in a clear instance of terrorism," Rouhani said in a televised speech.
"Economic terrorism means creating horror in a country and create fear in other countries that intend to invest (there). America's withdrawal from the (nuclear accord) is undoubtedly a clear example of economic terrorism," Rouhani told a meeting of heads of parliaments of China, Russia, and four other countries.
"We are facing an all-out assault which is not only threatening our independence and identity but also is bent on breaking our longstanding ties," he added.
The US has imposed two rounds of sanctions
on the Persian country. The second round went into effect in early November.
The two rounds of sanctions aimed at decreasing Iranian oil exports to zero, in
an attempt to curb Iran's missile program and regional influence.
Rouhani earlier threatened to disrupt oil shipments of other states if Washington continues its efforts to halt Iranian oil exports.
“If one day they want to prevent the export of Iran’s oil, then no oil will be exported from the Persian Gulf,” Rouhani said.
Drug trafficking is a serious challenge for Iran as it borders Afghanistan - the world’s largest opium producer - and Pakistan, a major transit country for drugs.
In 2012, Iran accounted for two thirds of the world’s opium seizures and one fourth of the world’s heroin and morphine seizures, a UN report published in 2014 showed.