US will regret imposing sanctions on Iran: Rezaei

Presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaei talks to supporters in the northern Guilan province.

Iranian Presidential contender Mohsen Rezaei says US officials will one day regret imposing sanctions and restrictions on Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.

Addressing a crowd of supporters in the central city of Isfahan, the independent candidate argued that the Western embargoes have prompted Iran to develop and master technologies on its own, with the least or even without any assistance from the outside world.

Rezaei, currently the secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council, went on to say that the scenario orchestrated by the US and its allies to isolate Iran has been counterproductive.

The United States and the European Union used the allegation that Iran pursues non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program as a pretext to push the UN Security Council to impose four rounds of sanctions on the Islamic Republic between 2006 and 2010.

At the beginning of 2012, the US and the European Union imposed new sanctions on Iran’s oil and financial sectors aimed at preventing other countries from purchasing Iranian oil and conducting transactions with the Central Bank of Iran.

Iran has vehemently denied the allegations, citing religious prohibitions and a firm commitment to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

Elsewhere in his speech, Rezaei urged the Iranian nation not to allow the country to fall into the hands of incompetent and indifferent individuals.

In Iran’s 11th presidential election, Rezaei is competing against Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, President of the Center for Strategic Research of the Expediency Council Hassan Rohani, lawmaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili, former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, former First Vice President Mohammad Reza Aref, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi.

On June 14, Iranians will cast their ballots at over 66,000 polling stations across the country, and some 285 polling stations will be set up overseas for Iranian expatriates.

By Press TV


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