A senior Pakistani analyst here on Friday strongly condemned the U.S. Senate approval for new sanctions on Iran saying the move has no legality and justification, IRNA reported.
Syed Noorul Haq Senior Research Fellow at Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI), said that the US has taken the step to build more pressure on Iran.
"The act of unilateral sanctions has no validity", he maintained.
The US Senate has approved tough new unilateral sanctions aimed at squeezing Iran's energy and banking sectors, which could also hurt companies from other countries doing business with Tehran.
Iran being the signatory of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) can use nuclear energy for peaceful means yet US and west have been suspecting on Iran's nuclear program saying that Iran is trying to build an atomic bomb, which Iran has strongly denied.
Syed Noorul Haq expressing his opinion said that US decision to impose more sanctions on Iran would be a futile exercise.
He added that Iran is a sovereign state and free to make its decisions.
He stated that Iran has the right, like other countries, to take any measure for its defense and security. "US wants to maintain its dominance in the world which Iran is not accepting", he said.
The analyst stated that exercise of new sanctions on Iran is totally illogical and a serious violation of human rights and international principles.
"Countries do not make concessions under pressure, idea of sanctions is not viable", he noted.
Syed Noorul Haq said that it is very difficult for US to see that Iran is not accepting its pressure.
He added that US has been criticizing Iran's nuclear program only because it would be very difficult for them to see a strong Muslim state as a nuclear power.
Syed Noorul Haq has taught at Pakistan Military Academy, Quaid-i-Azam University, and National University of Science and Technology, Islamabad.
He has contributed research articles on education, security, International Relations and history, and has participated in a number of national and international seminars and conferences.