Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the rhetoric of sanctions, which are aimed at pressuring a country into forgoing its rights, is “disrespectful and insulting.”
“The literature of sanctions is basically disrespectful and insulting, because all [countries] in the world need each other; and refraining from selling goods and services to another country in order to mount political pressure on that state so that it forgoes its rights is by no means logical and rational,” Ahmadinejad said on Monday.
The United States, Israel and some of their allies have accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iran has vehemently refuted the allegation regarding its nuclear energy program, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to use nuclear technology for peaceful objectives.
In 2012, the US and the EU approved new sanctions against Iran's oil and financial sectors. The embargoes aim to prevent other countries from purchasing the Iranian oil or transacting with the Central Bank of Iran.
“The Western countries thought that the Iranian nation would break down following the imposition of sanctions, [but] this assumption was and still is fundamentally wrong,” Ahmadinejad said.
Some of the European politicians still have “imperialistic mindsets” and think “they own the world,” the Iranian president added.