Imposers shouldn’t be given any excuse to keep sanctions in place: Gov’t spokesman


International Desk

No excuse should be given to the imposers of sanctions on Iran lest it enables them to keep sanctions in place, said the Iranian government’s spokesman.
In an address to a weekly press conference on Tuesday, Ali Rabiei added that the Islamic Republic has reached a point in countering the economic war, at which the sense of Iran’s resistance and determination must continue to be understood by the enemy, IRNA reported.
Rabiei described the past few years for Iran as the critical years of transition, saying a number of factors together have put the Iranian society under an unprecedented pressure.
He listed them as the necessity of enduring the economic pressure of the sanctions over the past three years – the adverse impacts of which on people’s lives have become more evident in recent months, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to constantly fight it, and the water shortage and drought that have been unparalleled over the past 50 years, as well as their repercussions on the domestic agriculture sector.
In May 2018, The US, under former president Donald Trump, pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Iran the P5+1 in July 2015, and reimposed its unilateral sanctions on Tehran in a bid to bring the Islamic Republic to the negotiating table and hammer out a new nuclear deal.
Mainly targeting Iran’s oil and banking sectors, the sanctions, being part of the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran, failed to produce the desired results thanks to the Iranians’ resistance.
Rabiei added the world’s greatest economic and military power waged a full-fledged war on Iran’s growing economy using its entire capacity and capability in a bid to defeat the country and push it towards collapse.
Although Iranians suffered great damage and numerous losses as a consequence of the war, the government, hand in hand with the people, defeated the enemy through making prudent decisions, the spokesman noted.
He added however, that sanctions still continue to have negative impacts on the people’s lives.
Rabiei said the sum of these factors makes it a necessity for the Iranian society to pass through this stage using its collective wisdom and, through greater solidarity, create a brighter future for the country.
He added that over the past few years, it has manifestly become clear that any level of sanctions against the Islamic Republic is doomed to fail, and no other new sanction can deliver a better result.
“We hope that the US government has learned its lesson from what the former administration experienced [by insisting upon continuing its pressure campaign against Iran].”
Iran is still committed to the return of all parties to their commitments under the JCPOA and does not seek to acquiesce to negotiations on any other issue, Rabiei noted, saying that unless the US and other signatories to the nuclear deal fulfill their commitments, it would be meaningless to talk, or even think about holding talks on topics beyond the scope of the JCPOA.