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Iran sanctions doomed to failure

14 August 2010 15:51

Pakistani Senator Muhammad Ibrahim Khan has cautioned that imposing unilateral sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program is doomed to failure.

“Sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council, the US and its allies on Iran will never have an impact… because of the Iranian nation’s strong resolve. They should know they cannot alter Iran’s rightful stance on continuing its peaceful nuclear activities,” Ibrahim Khan told IRNA on Saturday.

The Pakistani senator described Iran as a strong country that is capable of making make decisions about its national interests without relying on foreign powers. “Unilateral and illegal sanctions against Iran are doomed to failure.”

“The policy of Western countries and in particular the US regarding Iran’s nuclear program is influenced by the Israeli regime’s propaganda because they [also] do not want Muslim countries to even have access to peaceful nuclear power.”

The Pakistani senator said highlighting Iran’s nuclear case was aimed at diverting the world’s attention from US and Israeli nuclear arsenals, which are a threat to all humans.

He added that while the US provides Israel with political and security support, Iran’s nuclear program is falsely portrayed as a threat to international peace and the UN Security Council imposes sanctions on the country.

The Pakistani senator voiced Islamabad’s support for Iran’s nuclear program, saying, “Tehran has been committed to international regulations and no country has the right to threaten the Iranian nation.”

The US and its allies accuse Iran of pursuing a military nuclear program. Tehran denies the charges and argues that as a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency and a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty it has the right to the use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

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