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Further sanctions on Iran counter-productive: Lavrov

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Beijing, June 7, IRNA -- Further sanctions on Iran would be 'counter-productive', Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said here on Wednesday.

He made the remarks in an interview with Rossiya-24 TV channel.

'Additional sanctions are completely counter-productive; they are already adopted not only by the Security Council, but by some states, which we think undermines our collective actions,' Lavrov added.

Iran has been not only sanctioned by the UN Security council for many times but also it has faced lots of unilateral sanctions of US, EU and their allies on the excuse that it has illegal nuclear activities.

In case of Iran nuclear dispute with the West, it should be noted that 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 for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

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

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80170644

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