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Iran Condemns US Senate Sanctions Bid

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Iran has slammed the recent sanctions bid approved by the US Senate against the Islamic Republic as contradictory to Washington’s declared support for diplomacy over Tehran’s nuclear energy program. 

“The recent measure by the US Senate is incompatible with the claims made by the US government in support of diplomacy and negotiation,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said.

Even if the opposition of the US President Barack Obama administration to the new round of sanctions is verified, it will be indicative of the confusion in the corridors of power in the United States, Mehmanparast said, adding that the policies of such confused power systems are “untrustworthy.”

Mehmanparast said the approval of such laws undermines the basic principles of international law, including sovereign equality.

“The measure demonstrates to the world public opinion that the logic behind Iran’s resistance against the US bullying approach is a strong one, which is aimed at the negation of unilateralism and a commitment to the principles of international law in order to strengthen international peace and stability.”

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman also said the repetition of "baseless" claims to the three Iranian islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa in the Persian Gulf by Emirati officials will not change the reality of the Islamic Republic’s sovereignty over the islands.

“The three Iranian islands have been and will be eternal and inseparable parts of the Islamic Republic,” Ramin Mehmanparast said.

Referring to the recent remarks by Emirati officials regarding the three islands, Mehmanparast said raising such issues will not help bilateral relations and common interests.

Mehmanparast urged the Emirati officials to refrain from repeating such claims, expressing hope that the UAE would orient its policies toward regional cooperation and convergence which is necessary for strengthening the security and stability of the region.

Mehmanparast stressed the Islamic Republic’s fundamental policy of expanding ties and cooperation with its neighboring countries in the Persian Gulf based on mutual respect, non-interference in other states’ internal affairs and good neighborly relations.

“Iran has always welcomed logical dialogue with regional countries in order to clear possible misunderstandings,” the Iranian official added.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman also siad some Western countries headed by the United States are the main reasons for regional and global instabilities.

“The main problems of the region are related to the West’s dual policies, which are evident in the Persian Gulf region and in countries like Afghanistan,” he stated.

Mehmanparast said the US and some of its allies “sow discord and tension in the region to achieve their own interests,” and added, “Foreign troops in Afghanistan have created numerous problems for the Afghans and the people in the region.”

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman also referred to Pakistan as a key player in Iran’s foreign policies and stressed the need to enhance the level of bilateral relations between the two countries in all areas, particularly in the media domain.

He went on to say that “the Western media is painting a black picture of Muslims” and that “the Islamic countries’ media must block the Western propaganda against Islam with proper planning.”

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