Senior MP Plays Down Effects of Anti-Iran Sanctions

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian lawmaker dismissed effectiveness of the so-called international and western sanctions against Iran, saying that economic pressures and embargos have not created any serious problem for the country.

"Enemies should know that these sanctions may create some minor problems but they are not at a level to require us to declare emergency conditions," Hassan Shabanpour said at an open session of the parliament here in Tehran on Sunday, adding that western sanctions on Iran are nothing new as the country has long lived with these sanctions ever since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.
Meantime, the lawmaker asked for the adoption of the necessary measures to defuse the minimum impacts that sanctions might have.
In relevant remarks last Sunday, Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei also dismissed effectiveness of the western sanctions against Iran, and underlined that the country has proved to be successful despite all pressures.
The leader said the Islamic republic has achieved "eye-catching successes" in its confrontation with the western powers and their economic and propaganda campaigns.
"Countering the sanctions and progress in nuclear (technology) is part of these accomplishments," he said in a meeting with members of the Islamic Associations Union of Iranian students in Europe.
This triumphant trend will not subside and will continue apace in future, he added.
"The enemy is repeatedly suffering defeats and setbacks, despite its all-out security and political measures against the Islamic Republic," Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated.
Iran is under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment, saying the demand is politically tainted and illogical.
Iran has so far ruled out halting or limiting its nuclear work in exchange for trade and other incentives, saying that renouncing its rights under the NPT would encourage the world powers to put further pressure on the country and would not lead to a change in the West's hardline stance on Tehran.
Iranian officials have always stressed that the International and unilateral sanctions against Iran have had no result but inflicting damage on the European companies.