Western sanctions designed to harm Iranian people, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Western sanctions designed to harm Iranian people, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
# 17 January 2013 04:38 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed the West's justifications for imposing unilateral sanctions against Tehran over its peaceful nuclear program, saying that western embargos have been designed to harm ordinary people, APA reports quoting farsnews.com website.

Addressing Iranian parliamentarians here in Tehran today, President Ahmadinejad said enemies are trying to impose pressure on large portions of the Iranian society through sanctions.

"That is part of the enemies' objectives because price fluctuations and some irregular hikes in prices will impose pressure on a large part of the people who have fix income," he added.

The president further questioned the West's justifications for imposing sanctions on Iran, and stated, "The nuclear issue and human rights are their excuse for hostility towards us. We have explained the nuclear issues to them several times and there is no more ambiguity in our nuclear issue for the world."

As regards the issue of human rights, the president asked, "Who can claim in the world that he/she has materialized his nation's rights completely? Is human rights their main problem or our progress and might?"

"They have imposed pressures and continue to pressure us under such excuses."

Washington and its European allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions and the western embargos for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

After the UN Security Council ratified a sanctions resolution against Iran on June 9, 2010, the United States and the European Union imposed further unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program, mostly targeting the country's energy and banking sectors.

Tehran has always dismissed West's pressures and stressed that sanctions and embargos merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path of progress.

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