Iran's president is urging Iranians to put a curse on the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia — blaming the U.S. and its allies for his country's ailing economy.
Monday's televised remarks by Hassan Rouhani were meant to deflect criticism of his administration's performance amid a spiraling economy after the Trump administration pulled out of the nuclear deal and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran last year, targeting Iran's vital oil sector.
Rouhani urged Iranians to "put all your curses on those who created the current situation" and added that "the United States, the Zionists" and Saudi Arabia were to blame.
He didn't say what kind of curses the Iranians should invoke.
The crisis that s gripping Iran has hurt ordinary Iranians and emboldened Rouhani's critics to openly call for his ouster.
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