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14:44 | 2013-06-02

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Haddad Adel: Iran Able to Turn Western Sanctions into Opportunities

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Presidential candidate Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel downplayed the impacts of the sanctions imposed against Tehran by the western countries, saying that Iranians will change pressures and embargos into opportunities through unity and solidarity.

"We should join hands and prove that, as we didn't bow to the enemy during the eight years of the Iraqi imposed war, we won't give up in this economic war either, and we will manage our lives in a way that will turn these economic sanctions and economic threats into opportunities, God willing," Haddad Adel said.

"The latest plot that the enemies have hatched is the imposition of economic sanctions. They've imposed sanctions on oil, on the Central Bank of Iran, on money transactions, on marine transportation, on insurance. They did whatever they could to place the Iranian nation under economic pressure," Haddad Adel added.

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.

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 the unilateral western embargos for turning down west's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

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

Tehran has repeatedly said that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)'s questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.

A 2008 report of the IAEA by the then Director-General, Mohamed El-Baradei, thanked Iran's honest cooperation in removing ambiguities about its past activities and confirmed that Iran has answered all the six outstanding questions of the world body about the nuclear material and activities that it had had in the past.