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MP Says US Seeks to Save Face by Iran Sanctions

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, March 10 (ICANA) – A senior Iranian lawmaker says Washington seeks a face-saving formula in the world stage with the latest extension of unilateral US sanctions on Iran.
Thursday, March 10, 2011 11:33:47 AM
MP Says US Seeks to Save Face by Iran Sanctions

“Given its numerous domestic problems, the US statesmen are in a desperate situation following the current revolutions in the Middle East,” deputy head of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mohammad Esmail Kowsari said on Wednesday.

“The US intensifies sanctions against Iran to clean up its image in the international community,” Kowsari told ICANA.

He also pointed out that US President Barack Obama seeks to minimize the adverse consequences of the ongoing uprisings in the Middle East by exerting pressure on the Islamic Republic.

The Iranian lawmaker noted that each year the US adopts a series of sanctions against Iran in an attempt to undermine Tehran so that Washington could meet its own interests in the region.

The remarks came after President Obama extended by one year a national emergency regarding Iran on Tuesday.

"Because the actions and policies of the government of Iran continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States, the national emergency declared on March 15, 1995, must continue in effect beyond March 15, 2011," said Obama in a statement.

"Therefore... I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency with respect to Iran," it read.

According to the national emergency, US firms are banned from helping Iran develop its oil industry, carrying out trade exchanges, importing from and exporting goods to Iran and making venture in the country.

Iranian officials have repeatedly played down US sanctions against the country, saying the Islamic Republic will use sanctions as an opportunity to improve its economic situation and achieve self-sufficiency.

Iran has vehemently refuted allegations leveled by the US and its allies against the country, arguing that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Tehran has a right to use nuclear technology for peaceful applications.

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