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Iran's President Condemns 'Oppressive' U.S. Sanctions

Iranian President Hassan Rohani called the sanctions an "oppression."

Iranian President Hassan Rohani has condemned the latest round of Western sanctions against the Islamic republic.

The United States on August 29 announced newly imposed sanctions against more than 25 Iranian entities and individuals that Washington accuses of a range of violations -- including expanding Iran's nuclear activities, evading sanctions, and supporting terrorism in the region.

Six Iranian banks, airlines, and a research institute are among the sanctioned entities.

Rohani, in an address on August 30, called the sanctions an "oppression."

"Sanction is oppression and aggression and we should stand against this aggression, suppress the aggressor, and do not let the sanctions be kept in place and repeated," he was quoted as saying by the semiofficial Fars news agency.

Western states have suspected Iran of covertly seeking nuclear weapons alongside its civilian program, charges denied by Tehran.

Based on reporting by Fars and AP