“The 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran this week will draw dignitaries and representatives from more than 100 countries — 35 heads of state, including Mohamed Morsi, the current chair of the movement and the first democratically elected president of Egypt, as well as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,” an article co-authored by Dr. Najmedin Meshkati and Guive Mirfendereski said on August 28.
The article, published by the Los Angeles Times, said hosting the NAM summit by Iran, in addition to holding a high-level meeting on Syria’s crisis earlier in August, demonstrate the abject failure of US policy against Iran.
The NAM summit began at the expert level in Tehran on Sunday, and Iran assumed the rotating presidency of the movement for three years.
The article added that sanctions imposed against Iran have not only proven counterproductive, but have deprived American businesses of various markets.
“Policies of restriction or containment through sanctions and economic mechanisms do not work. In a porous world, sanctions are largely ineffective.”
The authors point to the fact that the sanctions, despite causing economic hardships for Iran, have had no effect on the country’s nuclear program, which were the intended target of punitive measures, as the indication of such measures’ inefficiency.
The US and its allies have imposed four round of international and numerous unilateral sanctions against Iran based on allegations that Tehran is pursuing covert military objectives in its nuclear program.
Iran has dismissed the accusations, saying that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to pursue peaceful nuclear program.