MP slams US congress for seeking pretext to continue sanctions against Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US congress plans to continue sanctions against Iran by raising baseless allegations against the human rights situation in the country, a senior lawmaker said, warning that such attempts will endanger the nuclear talks between Tehran and the world powers.

The remarks by member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Nozar Shafiyee came after media reports revealed a plan by a number of US congressmen to set preconditions for the removal of sanctions against Iran by raising baseless human rights allegations.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is not a violator of human rights and a supporter of terrorism in the world and raising such issues by the US congress is merely a pretext for increasing and continuing sanctions against Iran,” Shafiyee said in an interview with the parliament’s news website on Saturday.

He further reminded that sanctions against Iran have been imposed by four different groups, namely the UN, the EU, the US administration and the Congress, stressing that the Capitol Hill can only speak about those embargoes approved by the US congressmen.

Shafiyee warned that in certain cases that the UN sanctions and the US congress’s embargos overlap each other some problems may be created and they can further prolong the talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany), yet he underlined that the US congress cannot trouble Iran.

On November 24, Iran and the world powers sealed a six-month Joint Plan of Action to lay the groundwork for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over its nuclear energy program. They held several round of talks by now and expressed the hope that they will reach a comprehensive deal until July 20.

In exchange for Tehran’s confidence-building bid to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the Sextet of world powers agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions against Tehran and continue talks with the country to settle all problems between the two sides. They hope that the negotiations would lead to a comprehensive deal before the deadline of July 20 and the removal of all sanctions against Iran.

By Fars News Agency


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