"We will continue efforts to establish stability in the region as an important goal and we hope to gain good success in establishing stability and security in the region and our relations with the world next (Iranian) year (to start on March 21)," Rouhani told reporters in Tehran on Sunday after a cabinet meeting.
"We will have a constructive interaction with the world even irrespective of what the US, ill-wishers and a number of little regional states want or don’t want, but we will not make any concessions on our national interests under any circumstances and we will safeguard our national interests, national security and national expedience," he added.
In relevant remarks last Sunday, Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri played down the threats of the US and its allies to restore the sanctions against Tehran, stressing that his country has devised special plans to counter such pressures.
"If the westerners do a crazy thing and return the sanctions, we should protect the economy. Of course, we are trying, through talks, not to allow the Americans to do anything they want," Jahangiri said, addressing a forum in Tehran.
"If they do anything, Iran has plans for the rainy and difficult days, and the best document that we have to counter such pressures is the resistance economy," he added.