Senior MP: lifting sanctions can influence Iran-US relations positively

TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Iranian legislator underlined the illegal nature of the sanctions imposed by the US and the European Union against Iran, but meantime said easing or lifting the embargo can leave positive influence on Tehran-Washington ties.

“We can be hopeful of the Iran-US relations if sanctions are removed,” member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mohammad Reza Mohseni Sani said on Wednesday.

The senior lawmaker pointed to the easing of some sanctions by the US Treasury and EU’s top court, and said, “The sanctions imposed by the US and the EU’s top court have so far been unilateral and illegal.”

On Friday, the EU’s top court thrown out sanctions imposed against eight Iranian banks and companies for their alleged ties to Iran’s nuclear energy program, media reports said.

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled that there was not sufficient evidence to justify the unilateral sanctions imposed by the bloc on the Iranian entities, AP reported.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is slated to visit the US later this month to attend the 68th annual meeting of the UN General Assembly which is due to open in New York on September 17.

The Iranian president’s visit to the US is of high importance since Tehran and Washington are at loggerheads over different issues, including Iran’s peaceful nuclear program and regional developments, specially in Syria, etc.

Political observers believe that Rouhani who is called ‘a man of moderation’ can break the ice of relations between Iran and the US, while protecting Iran’s rights and position at regional and international levels.

In August, Democrat Congressman David Price voiced optimism about future talks between Tehran and the world powers, the US in particular, under Iran’s President Rouhani, and urged US President Barack Obama not to miss this significant opportunity.

He reiterated that it will be a big mistake if President Obama administration misses the chance of resolving the nuclear standoff with Iran following the election of President Rouhani.

The United States and Iran broke diplomatic relations in April 1980, after Iranian students seized the United States’ espionage center at its embassy in Tehran. The two countries have had tense relations ever since, but have shown willingness to attend talks to help resolve regional issues, including security in Iraq. Yet, the two countries have avoided talks on bilateral issues for the last thirty years.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

By Fars News Agency


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