Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Iran dismisses new Western sanctions as 'futile' - 22nd Nov 2011

Tehran says moves by U.S., other nations make Iranians more united; Russia also dismisses new U.S. sanctions targeting Iran's financial and energy sectors announced Monday.

Iran dismissed on Tuesday the new sanctions imposed on it by Western powers, while Russia called new U.S. sanctions on Tehran "unacceptable."

"We condemn the new sanctions which just show the hostility of these countries toward Iran," Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said in Tehran.

Tough new sanctions were announced Monday by the United States, Britain, France and Canada following a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran was seeking nuclear warheads.

"These sanctions are futile repetitious efforts which will not affect Iran's economy," the spokesman said.

"Such illogical, intimidating moves are propaganda and psychological war which however will not change our nation's will but just make us more united," he added.

Moreover, Russia also dismissed the new U.S. sanctions targeting Iran's financial and energy sectors as "unacceptable" on Tuesday, saying they would hurt the chances of renewing talks with Tehran over its nuclear program. Read More