Iranian first VP: Rouhani administration not regards sanctions as “worthless papers”
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 23
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: The administration of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani does not refer to the international sanctions as "worthless papers", ISNA quoted Iranian first vice president Es'haq Jahangiri as saying on November 23.
If the sanctions are getting tougher, the administration will resolve problems relying on the internal potentials, he added.
Everyone knows that the existing problems are the causes internal mismanagement and external sanctions, he said, adding that the administration will attempt to lift the unjustified sanctions by protecting the rights of the Iranian nation and simultaneously correcting wrong internal policies, Jahangiri said.
In June 2010, Iranian ex-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed the sanctions aimed at punishing his country for failing to halt part of its nuclear program calling the U.N. resolution as "a worthless paper."
The U.S. President Barack Obama asked key senators on Tuesday to hold back on fresh sanctions against Iran to allow talks about Tehran's nuclear programme to advance, DPA reported.
In a two-hour, closed-door meeting at the White House, Obama provided the lawmakers, who serve on committees that deal with sanctions and foreign relations, with details about a proposal being discussed by world powers and Iran at talks this week in Geneva, spokesman Jay Carney said.
"The president made clear that achieving a peaceful resolution that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is profoundly in America's national security interest," Carney said, stressing that it is Obama's obligation to try to achieve a diplomatic solution.
The five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) have proposed a six-month deal that would see some sanctions eased in return for Iran's halting progress on its nuclear programme while a final agreement is negotiated.