Sanctions yield no results for US: senior official
Chairman of National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iranian Parliament says that the US sanctions will yield no results, adding that Iran has influence throughout the whole region.
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According to the news agency of Iranian Parliament ‘ICANA’, Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh made the remarks in a press conference attended by domestic and foreign media on Saturday.
In response to a question regarding the possibility of negotiations between Iran and the United States, Falahatpisheh said "the rhetoric between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States has changed considerably and this reflects the position that Iran has defined for itself.”
He explained that previously the issue of military option used to be brought up against Iran by the United States, but today the Americans have changed their rhetoric and they have resorted to other options such as sanctions.
Pointing to the new round of US sanctions which are coming into effect on Nov. 5, he said “as a matter of fact, Iran has brought about new conditions for itself, and today our country is mature enough that talks with countries with hostile politics are no longer a taboo,” adding “but in the current situation there is no possibility of negotiations with the United States.”
He said that the new US sanctions will yield no results as the Iranians are used to sanctions and every part of the establishment is prepared to tackle them.
Meanwhile, Falahatpisheh said that the Iran-Europe relations have never been as good as now, noting that “Europeans know that if it had not been for Iran, ISIL would have reached Europe's borders." He also added that Iran has lost 2,000 of its soldiers to Europe in the fight against [drug] trafficking.
The Iranian lawmaker further said that Iran expects more from Europe than issuing political statements in support of Iran, expressing hope the proposed financial mechanism by Europe can help Iran advance its politics and economy and keep SWIFT's doors open to Iran.
With regard to anti-money laundering body (FATF), Falahatpisheh said “eventually, Iran will have the necessary cooperation with the FATF, but we have made the necessary reservations in the parliament, because we have seen contradictory definitions of the word terrorism in various conventions.”