Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman says the recent US sanctions against Tehran’s nuclear energy program are a prime example of a “wrong move at a wrong time. ”
“The new US sanctions, which have been imposed without paying attention to political developments and the opinion of experts, are a prime example of a wrong move at a wrong time, ” Abbas Araqchi said on Friday.
“The policy of[imposing] sanctions is a failed policy and under the present circumstances, it will only make resolving existing problems particularly in the nuclear issue, more difficult and complicated, ” he added.
The US House on Wednesday approved a bill to impose tougher sanctions on Iran’s oil exports and other economic sectors. The bill, which must be approved by the Senate and signed by President Barack Obama to become law, seeks to cut Iran's oil exports by one million barrels per day over a year. It also blacklists any business in Iran's automotive, mining and construction sectors and commits the United States to the goal of ending all Iranian oil sales worldwide by 2015. Araqchi described the move by American senators as a clear indication of the prevalence of the unilateralism theory as a symbol of neoconservatism in the US. He went on to add that world public opinion and the international community have repeatedly condemned the US decision to impose unilateral sanctions on the Iranian nation. The US has imposed several rounds of illegal sanctions on Iran, which Washington claims to be aimed at pressuring Tehran to abandon its nuclear energy program. The United States, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of potentially pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. Tehran has categorically rejected the accusation, arguing that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and a committed member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. In addition, numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities by the IAEA have never found any evidence showing that the Iranian nuclear energy program has been diverted toward non-civilian purposes.