• 1 February 2010
  • Posted By Nayda Lakelieh
  • 2 Comments
  • Diplomacy, Legislative Agenda, Nuclear file

Tehran dismisses another US sanction

Last Thursday the US senate passed a broad, indiscriminate sanctions bill that would restrict Iran’s importation of petroleum; predictably this move was promptly dismissed by authorities in Tehran. It is reported, (via www.presstv.com) that Ramin Mehman-Parast, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) that the US will not persuade Iran to give up any “legal rights” to its nuclear program, as Iran has adamantly claimed that the nuclear program is in line with Iran’s commitment to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.

We have repeatedly said that the US sanctions imposed against our nation during the past 31 years … have resulted in nothing but our nations’ stronger determination to assert independence and achieve self-reliance,” [Mehman-Parast] said.

The Senate bill will require President Obama to punish foreign companies that export gasoline to Iran.

Additionally, Press TV also reports that senior Iranian lawmaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel gave a speech on Monday, stating that Tehran will stand firmly by its cause regardless if the US is trying to gain universal consensus for sanctions against Iran, conveying that Iran’s national response to the world powers is “Independence, freedom and the Islamic Republic.”

The Iranian nation conveys this message to arrogant and bullying powers that it will firmly support its independence, freedom and ideals,” said Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel on Monday in a speech on the occasion of the start of ceremonies marking the 31st anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
“We will not bow to pressure [of bullying powers] concerning our legal right to peaceful nuclear technology”.

Posted By Nayda Lakelieh

    2 Responses to “Tehran dismisses another US sanction”

  1. Pirouz says:

    Nayda, if I had to come up with a historical analogy for this present situation, it would be Winston Churchill defying Nazi-Germany’s “carrots and sticks” policy against the British people in 1940.

    And those poor, forgotten folks in Gaza compare to the wretched souls of the Warsaw ghetto, also in 1940.

    This is all so unjust.

  2. Alireza says:

    Sargord Pirouz,

    The Iranian regime is a murderous dictatorship, not a democracy. But why discuss the fact that the IRI has killed tens of thousands of its own citizens since coming to power. Let’s talk about Gaza instead. Your crocodile tears for Gaza move me profoundly. While the IRI kills and rapes, Sargord Pirouz justifies them online. I think Iranians need to remember who the propagandists for this murderous regime are.

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