Iran says U.S. main loser of sanctions: lawmaker

13:24, May 24, 2011      

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An influential Iranian lawmaker said Monday that the United States is the main loser of sanctions, the local semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

"Americans are aware that those who impose sanctions are the major losers," the Head of Iranian Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said.

"We have always faced the problem of sanctions and embargos over last 30 years, but nothing special has occurred inside the country and Iran will continue its way with increased momentum," Boroujerdi told ISNA.

"Americans are aware that many of their firms are trying to secure their own interests and they will continue communications and contacts with Iranian companies in any possible way. So sanctions will not work that much influentially," he was quoted as saying.

Last Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement that it had frozen the assets of the Iranian Bank of Industry and Mines for its alleged involvement in facilitating transactions to support Iran's proliferation activities and suspected nuclear program.

Iranian Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Shamseddin Hosseini said Wednesday the U.S. move to impose sanctions on an Iranian bank is part of Washington's propaganda against Tehran.

Iran is under sanction pressures by the United States, European Union and other Western countries over its controversial nuclear program, which the West believe is moving to the atomic weaponry developments. However, Tehran denied the allegations, claiming that its nuclear program is for civilian and peaceful purpose.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
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