Secretary General: NATO does not intend to interfere in Iran related issues
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 17 /Trend S.Isayev, A. Taghiyeva/
NATO does not intend to interfere in issues related with Iran, Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in an interview with Turkish TRT Haber TV channel.
Rasmussen underscored that pressuring Iran, and adding harder sanctions will eventually bring positive results.
"I believe a political way out can be found," he noted.
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of State announced sanctions against Iran's Intelligence and Security Ministry, citing its support of terrorist groups, human rights abuses in the country and support of the Syrian regime.
The move blocks any property or interests of the ministry in the US or in control of US persons and prohibits Americans from engaging in transactions with it.
Iran says its nuclear program is confined to production of peaceful atomic energy which it says is a fundamental right of any country. Western nations and Israel have charged that Tehran is secretly working to build nuclear weapons - an assertion Iran vehemently denies.
Tensions in the region over Iran's nuclear activities have been on the rise in recent months as speculation has mounted that Israel may be preparing for a strike on Iranian facilities that the Jewish state says constitute a threat to its national security.
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other top Iranian officials have said they are prepared to return to international talks about their nuclear program provided Iran is treated with respect.