Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has vowed to break sanctions re-imposed by the US targeting core parts of the country’s economy.  “We will proudly break the sanctions," Rouhani said on Monday speaking at  a meeting of economic officials.

Speaking at a meeting with the directors and deputies of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance on November 5, President Rouhani said, "We should break the sanctions very well, and we will do that," according to Iran’s Press TV.

"With the help of the people, and the unity that exists in our society, we have to make the Americans understand that they must not use the language of force, pressure, and threats to speak to the great Iranian nation.  They must be punished once and for all," the Iranian president was quoted as saying.

The meeting and remarks came shortly after a new round of US sanctions took effect.

The meeting and remarks came shortly after a new round of US sanctions targeting oil exports, shipping and banks, and make it difficult to do business with the oil-rich nation took effect. 

Meanwhile, IRNA reports that Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said at the meeting that heads of four big states at UN General Assembly tried to persuade him for talks with the US President Donald Trump, but he has argued that any talk would be contingent on the other side's commitment to his own promises.

“We have gained political and legal achievements, and have won public opinion,” Rouhani said, adding that when the US insists on something but the entire European Union resists it, this means diplomatic and foreign policy victory for Iran.