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Iran dismisses impact of new western sanctions

(Xinhua)

18:17, November 30, 2011

TEHRAN, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- An advisor to Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed the impact of U.S.-led sanctions on the Islamic republic, the local Tehran Times daily reported on Wednesday.

The enemies think that by imposing sanctions they can inflict economic and scientific hurdles on Iran, Parviz Davoudi said on Tuesday, adding that the sanctions may impose temporary difficulties on the economy, but in the long run, it will inspire a sense of development among Iranian researchers.

He further described the scientific and nuclear achievements of the Islamic republic as one of the considerable strengths of the country, according to the report.

Earlier this month, Western countries adopted new unilateral sanctions against Iran to force it to negotiate over its nuclear issue.

A recent report issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran's nuclear program said the country has engaged in nuclear weapon-related research activities while falling short of conclusion that Iran is currently attempting to develop such weapon.

In response, Iran dismissed the findings in the IAEA report as fabricated by western countries and insisted that the country's nuclear activities are purely for peaceful purposes.

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