‘Iran not paralyzed by US-led sanctions’

عمنیستعرIran’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance, Shamseddin Hosseini says US-led sanctions have not paralyzed the Islamic Republic, and pointed that some such bans have worked in favor of the country.During an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Hosseini said “…I don’t believe that such sanctions have crippled us.”Some of such measures taken against the country’s economy have actually had a positive impact. The Iranian minister said: “Non-oil exports grew, our industrial exports grew twenty percent, and in comparison, our imports were reduced by fourteen percent, thus we met our foreign import requirements by non-oil exports.” The United States, Zionist regime, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. Using this false allegation as pretext, Washington and the European Union have imposed several rounds of illegal unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Iran refutes the allegation and notes that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.