President says Iran in economic fight with US

President says Iran in economic fight with US
A group of protesters chant slogans at the old grand bazaar in Tehran, Iran, Monday, June 25, 2018. Protesters in the Iranian capital swarmed its historic Grand Bazaar on Monday, news agencies reported, and forced shopkeepers to close their stalls in apparent anger over the Islamic Republic's troubled economy, months after similar demonstrations rocked the country. (Iranian Labor News Agency via AP)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president says his country is in an economic fight with the U.S.

In a televised speech on Tuesday, Hassan Rouhani said the U.S. is trying to damage Iran’s economy by creating “an economic war.”

Rouhani’s comments come a day after protesters angered by Iran’s tanking economy confronted police in front of parliament. It was the first such confrontation since similar demonstrations rocked the country at the start of the year.

The demonstration signaled widespread unease in the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw America from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers and restore sanctions on the country.

Rouhani blamed the U.S. for Iran’s economic woes, saying: “The U.S. cannot defeat our nation, our enemies are not able to get us to their knees.”