Iranian President Ahmadinejad says sanctions are ineffective

July 29th, 2010 - 12:49 am ICT by BNO News  

TEHRAN, IRAN (BNO NEWS) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that the UN Security Council sanctions and the imposed by the European Union, U.S. and Canada are ineffective and will not undermine Iran’s move towards progress, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

“Sanctions will no longer have an impact on the will of a great nation like the Islamic Iran and today we move towards further development and progress through our double efforts,” Ahmadinejad said.

The Iranian president claimed that the rules in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitle every member, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment. However, Ahmadinejad condemned the fact that the Islamic nation is now under four rounds of sanctions from the UN for not giving up its uranium enrichment program.

Ahmadinejad’s Chief of Staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashae’i dismissed reports that indicated that the sanctions and embargos against Iran have strong international support, remarking that the move is suffering a weak back-up, even in the West.

“I have spoken with European and Asian diplomats about the anti-Iran sanctions, and none of them acknowledged that sanctions are practical or influential or can deter us from continuing our path,” Mashae’i said.

Ahmadinejad also played down effectiveness of the new sanctions, and stressed that the measure cannot inflict any damage on the Iranian nation.

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