Iraq’s Abadi lambasts US sanctions against Iran

Iran's foreign minister Zarif (L) & Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (R)

Iran’s foreign minister Zarif (L) & Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (R)

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi criticized US sanctions against Iran as unjust, and urged the removal of the pressures against Tehran.

Speaking in a meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Baghdad on Tuesday night, al-Abadi, referring to the experience of his people of such sanctions, said the sanctions have put economic pressure on the Iranian people.

He underlined that the sanctions which harm the people should be removed.

The Iranian foreign minister arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday afternoon. During his one-day visit, he also held a meeting with his counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari.

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.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions and the western embargos for turning down West’s calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed West’s demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians’ national resolve to continue the path.

Tehran has repeatedly said that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.

By Fars News Agency