'US ban on Iran's officials, a psy-war'
Deputy Head of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran's Parliament (Majlis) Hossein Sobhani-Nia
An Iranian lawmaker has censured recent US efforts to impose "sanctions" on several Iranian officials, describing the move as a propaganda ploy and a war of nerves.
Deputy Head of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's Parliament (Majlis) Hossein Sobhani-Nia argued that the recent sanctions on eight Iranian officials were intended to serve as a psychological warfare before the global public opinion since the US-engineered UN sanctions against Iran proved futile and ineffective, ISNA reported on Saturday.
Sobhani-Nia added that his committee intends to discuss the recent US measure against the eight Iranian officials to establish what its actual aim was, because it seems so unreasonable to deny entry to and freeze accounts of individuals that have never applied for US visas and possess no bank accounts there.
He suggested that the recent move by US officials is in line with last June's UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1929 that imposed anti-Iran sanctions following a fierce global campaign by the US and Israel to win enough votes in the UNSC to ensure passage of the resolution.
“The previous US-engineered sanctions were not given much attention [by the international community] and have proven ineffective so they want to pressure other countries to implement it by waging a fresh psychological war,” the senior Iranian lawmaker further explained.
The pretext for the anti-Iran sanctions was the unsubstantiated and frequently repeated Western and Israeli claims that Iran's nuclear program may potentially have a hidden military agenda.
The International Atomic Energy Agency, which closely monitors the Islamic Republic's nuclear activities, has repeatedly confirmed the non-diversion of Iran's nuclear program.