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15:28 | 2012-08-23


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MP: NAM Summit Good Opportunity to Deter Sanctions against Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- The 16th heads-of-state summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran later this month will be a good opportunity for Iran to ink several economic agreements with the NAM member states to render enemies' sanctions plots inefficient and ineffective, an Iranian lawmaker said on Thursday.

"Holding the NAM summit in Tehran can be the best way to thwart the plots hatched by the enemies to isolate Iran or show it isolated, and can also provide a good opportunity for inking economic agreements and somehow serve as a tool to render the sanctions inefficient and ineffective," member of the parliament's Industries and Mines Commission Hamid Reza Fouladgar told FNA.

The 16th NAM summit will be held in the Iranian capital, Tehran, from August 26 to 31.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions and western embargos for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed the West's demand as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path.

Political observers believe that the United States has remained at loggerheads with Iran mainly over the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran's nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for the other third-world countries. Washington has laid much pressure on Iran to make it give up the most sensitive and advanced part of the technology, which is uranium enrichment, a process used for producing nuclear fuel for power plants.