Iran slams US sanctions as irrational

Iran slams US sanctions as irrational
Tue Jul 9, 2013 17:27:54

Iran has dismissed the latest US unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic as the continuation of the previous “irrational” approach adopted by Washington.

“Our recommendation is that the Americans learn a lesson from history and try dealing with the Iranian nation through interaction,” Salehi said Monday in an interview with Tehran-based Fars News Agency.

The Iranian foreign minister made the remarks in response to a question on the newly-implemented US sanctions against Iran, which had been ratified by the US Congress in December 2012 and signed by President Barack Obama in January 2013.

The sanctions, which target the Iranian energy sector, maritime transportation, ship-building industry and oil trade, were to be enforced six months after their enactment.

“The imposition of such sanctions is merely the implementation of the same old approach of intimidation [by the US],” Salehi reiterated.

He further added that this American approach has persisted for the past 34 years “and of course has so far not gotten anywhere.”

The illegal US-engineered sanctions against the Islamic Republic have been imposed based on the unfounded accusation that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran has strongly rejected the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran's civilian nuclear program has been diverted to non-civilian aspects.

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