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MP Dismisses US Sanctions on Iran's Security Forces

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, June 12 (ICANA) – A senior Iranian lawmaker dismissed the measures taken by the US Treasury and State Departments to sanction Iran's security bodies as "a humorous act".
Sunday, June 12, 2011 10:58:05 PM
MP Dismisses US Sanctions on Iran's Security Forces

"That is not an important issue since we have experienced and survived harsh sanctions during the (Iraqi imposed) war (on Iran in 1980s)," Rapporteur of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Kazem Jalali told reporters on the sidelines of the second conference on nuclear disarmament here in Tehran on Sunday.

"There was a time that we were in need of barbed wire and barrels for Kalashnikovs, but today we are self-sufficient in many fields. That (imposing sanctions) is a humorous act for the public opinion," Jalali stated.

The comments by the Iranian legislator came after the US State and Treasury Departments announced on June 9 that they imposed sanction on Iranian security forces for what they call human rights abuses.

"Today's action targeted Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the Basij Resistance Force (Basij), and Iran's national police and its Chief," the US government announced after putting the measure into effect on Thursday.

Iran has always lashed out at the western countries for using human rights issues as a tool and pretext for pressurizing independent states to conceal their own crimes and wrong deeds.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in November lambasted continued violation of human rights by certain European countries, and asked them to listen to the demands of their people.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry in November issued a report on the violation of human rights by the US inside and outside its borders, and urged Washington to join the international conventions which prohibit such crimes.

It was stressed in the Foreign Ministry report that despite the international community and the UN's repeated demands, and even despite President Barack Obama's promise, the United States, as a self-proclaimed standard bearer of defense for the human rights in the world, has not yet shut down the horrendous Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib prisons.

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