An Iranian lawmaker says the West has reached an impasse over the illegal US-led sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
Mohammad Saleh Jokar, a member of the Iranian parliament (Majlis) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, made the remarks in an interview with the Islamic Consultative Assembly News Agency (ICANA) on Sunday.
“All the Western countries have noticed that increasing sanctions does not have any influence on the domestic or foreign policies of Iran,” the Iranian MP said.
He added that despite the sanctions, Iran has made progress in nuclear energy sector.
At the beginning of 2012, the United States and the EU imposed new sanctions on Iran’s oil and financial sectors with the goal of preventing other countries from purchasing Iranian oil and conducting transactions with the Central Bank of Iran.
The illegal US-engineered sanctions were imposed based on the unfounded accusation that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran’s civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.
By Press TV
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