The latest round of illegal US sanctions on Iran constitutes crimes against humanity as they have been designed to hurt ordinary Iranian civilians, a political commentator tells Press TV.
“Iran is a grain importer and the US knows that and, by creating obstacles in the way of grain exports to Iran, the US is clearly committing crimes against humanity because it only affects ordinary Iranians who have got nothing to do with the country’s nuclear energy program,” Hamid-Reza Emadi said in an interview with Press TV on Thursday.
In a statement, released by the White House, US President Barack Obama has said the existing sanctions on Iran's oil industry have been expanded "by making sanctionable the purchase or acquisition of Iranian petrochemical products.” He said that the US sanctions will apply to any financial institution that allows Iran to access the international financial system.
“The US is depriving the Iranian civilians of food and medicine that is again in clear violation of international laws,” Emadi pointed out.
He added that Iran should file a lawsuit with international courts against the US on behalf of all Iranian citizens being harmed by illegal and political economic sanctions.
The analyst also noted that the latest move by the US shows Washington’s frustration emanating from its failure to prevent Iran from achieving peaceful nuclear energy.
On Wednesday, Texas Congressman Ron Paul said the US is “obsessed with” keeping Iran under sanctions, while pushing for furthering the embargoes in, what he called, an act of war against the country.
“What we continue to be doing is obsess with Iran and the idea that Iran is a threat to our national security," Paul said.
He asserted, “The IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) and our CIA said they are not on the verge of a nuclear weapon. It is so similar to what we went through in the early part of this last decade, when we were beating the war drums to go to war against Iraq. And it was all a façade. There was no danger from Iraq.”
The new embargoes build on Iranian crude sanctions, signed into law in December and approved in March, that penalize other countries for buying or selling Iran’s oil. The sanctions took effect on June 28.
The US sanctions are meant to pile up pressure on Iran over its nuclear energy program, which Washington, Tel Aviv, and some of their allies claim may include a military aspect.
Iran refutes the allegation and holds that, as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the IAEA, it is entitled to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes.