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News number: 9106062388

17:50 | 2012-09-08

Politics

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US Senators Admit Ineffectiveness of Sanctions on Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- US Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman conceded that the unilateral sanctions against Iran have failed to stop Iranians' drive for gaining access to nuclear technology.



"Sanctions, when we look at history, rarely work" - and in the case of Iran that's exacerbated by a sense that the nuclear program has the people's support, said McCain on Friday.

Addressing a gathering in Arizona, Joe Lieberman also admitted that the unilateral US sanctions against Iran's nuclear program have not retrieved any results so far.

"We have applied very tough economic sanctions on Iran and they have clearly affected the economy of Iran - but they have not affected the nuclear program one iota," marveled Lieberman.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

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.