A senior Iranian lawmaker strongly criticized the West for imposing harsh sanctions against Iran, and asked the government to make use of the existing potentials to confront enemies’ economic pressures.
“The western sanctions against Iran are the most wild move in human history,” member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Ebrahim Aqa-Mohammadi said n Wednesday.
As regards Iran’s options for confronting the enemy pressures, the lawmaker said, “In a bid to safeguard the country’s sovereignty against the expansionism posed by the other parties, we should make use of the existing opportunities and condition very well.”
The US and its western allies allege that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program while they have never presented corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations against the Islamic Republic.
Iran says its nuclear program is a peaceful drive to produce electricity so that the world’s fourth-largest crude exporter can sell more of its oil and gas abroad. Tehran also stresses that the country is pursuing a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.
Iran is under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions and the unilateral western embargos for turning down West’s calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment, saying the demand is politically tainted and illogical.
Iran has so far ruled out halting or limiting its nuclear work in exchange for trade and other incentives, saying that renouncing its rights under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) would encourage the world powers to put further pressure on the country and would not lead to a change in the West’s hard-line stance on Tehran.