Imposition of Sanctions on Iran A Failed Policy

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi says imposition of sanctions on the Islamic Republic follows a wrong and failed policy.

“There is no doubt that imposition of sanctions is a failed policy and we are surprised that the US administration and other governments involved in these sanctions constantly repeat such a wrong and failed policy,” Araqchi said.

The Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said imposing and increasing sanctions is definitely not a solution to the issue of Iran’s nuclear energy program.

“Removing sanctions, of course, would be regarded as a confidence-building measure and could help resolve the issue, but increasing sanctions will have no result other than complicating the issue and making it harder to resolve,” Araqchi stated.

Iran Foreign Ministry has also denounced the silence of the so-called advocates of human rights toward the 1988 US missile attack on an Iranian passenger plane.

In a statement, the ministry said the historical memory of the Iranian nation will never forget this inhumane act.

“Those who claim to defend human rights must be held accountable for this mischievous act and violation of the most obvious human values,” the Foreign Ministry said.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi has also dismissed as baseless allegations of the Islamic Republic’s involvement in the ongoing Syrian crisis.

Araqchi was reacting to Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohamed Al Khalifa’s accusation of Iran sending militants into Syria.

The Iranian official described the remarks as “irrational and baseless”, saying they indicated Bahrain’s lack of understanding about the ongoing developments in Syria.

“Repetition of baseless claim of Iran’s interference in the Syria developments comes at a time when some of these countries have aborted any sort of political solution by adopting hostile policies and have instigated the massacre of people in this country through their support for armed Takfiri groups under the pretext of supporting the defenseless Syrian people,” Araqchi said.

Araqchi also reacted to a statement adopted jointly by the [P]GCC and the EU in Manama about Iran’s peaceful nuclear energy program as well as its sovereignty of the three Persian Gulf islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa.

He noted that repetitive remarks about the three Iranian islands and unfounded allegations about Iran’s nuclear energy program are clear examples of their lack of knowledge about the existing facts and realities in the sensitive region of the Persian Gulf.

The three islands in question have historically been part of Iran, proof of which can be found and corroborated by countless historical, legal and geographical documents in Iran and other parts of the world.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman also said the move by the giant satellite company Intelsat to take Iranian channels off the air is “completely illegal and against international law.”

The fundamental policy of the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO), which oversees Intelsat's global services, is to provide all its member countries with access to satellite services without any discrimination, Araqchi said.

”It is absolutely against the fundamental principles of this international organization [ITSO] to mete out discriminatory treatment to a member state under pressure from another government. We are following up on the issue through the organization itself,” the Iranian official pointed out.

He added that consultations are underway to that effect, noting that a meeting is scheduled to be held to discuss the matter.

“We will even refer to arbitration bodies if necessary to avert this illegal move,” Araqchi stated.

He said the move runs counter to the principles of free access to information and freedom of media and the press recognized by the self-declared advocates of human rights.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman has also expressed concern over the ongoing unrest across Egypt, calling on the Cairo government to respect the legitimate demands of the protesters.

The Iranian official said that the Islamic Republic is closely monitoring the latest developments in Egypt, and is concerned about the prolongation of crisis in the country which has left a number of Egyptians dead and wounded.

He said Iran believes that respect for people's legitimate demands, strengthening of the national unity, negation of violence and vigilance in the face of conspiracies provide the best way out of the current turmoil in the Arab country.

Araqchi further noted that Egyptians can resolve their problems by themselves and defend their national interests.

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