A political analyst says the US sanctions against Iran over its nuclear energy program are completely against international law, stressing Washington behaves like a “rogue” state and thinks it is beyond the law, Press TV reports.
“The current sanctions … are American sanctions; it has nothing to do with the UN Security Council or anyone else. The Americans are threatening third countries from doing trade with the Iranian Central Bank or with the Iranian banks,” Mohammad Marandi, professor at University of Tehran, said.
He added that Washington is basically threatening countries like Japan, Korea, South Africa, China and anyone that conducts transactions with Iran that they must abide by America’s rules and not international law.
Marandi cited WikiLeaks documents, saying the administration of US President Barack Obama, even from the very beginning, had been seeking to tighten the sanctions against Iran “to put pressure on the Iranian people in order to create instability in the country.”
“The sanctions have been leveled against ordinary Iranians. And again if you look at WikiLeaks documents – and I would advise your audience to do so, they are very interesting – the objective from the very start was to make ordinary people suffer,” Marandi stated.
The analyst emphasized that the new US sanctions on Iranian people and companies are against a nuclear agreement clinched between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, France, Britain and the US – plus Germany in the Swiss city of Geneva last November.
Under the Geneva agreement, the Sextet agreed to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period. It was also agreed that no nuclear-related sanctions would be imposed on Iran within the same timeframe.
Marandi further argued that the US president is breaking international law by repeating remarks that all options against Iran are on the table, saying Obama is attempting to terrorize ordinary Iranians.
By Press TV
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