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16:46 | 2012-08-23


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Senior Iranian Commander Dismisses Sanctions as Ineffective

TEHRAN (FNA)- Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayyeri played down the US and EU pressures and sanctions against the Islamic Republic as ineffective, reminding that Washington and its western allies are now at their weakest position ever, while Iran is moving on an upward trend of progress.

"Today, the European countries on the one hand, and Americans, who have a hegemonic background in the world and resisted against our (Islamic) establishment, on the other are in the weakest position possible," Jazayyeri said.

He further viewed the US sanctions against Iran as a superficial move which has already experienced failure, saying the US sanctions come amidst a slew of difficulties Washington is grappling with on both the domestic and international scenes.

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.

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.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Iran has also always stressed the inefficiency of the western sanctions, saying that pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the present path.