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U.S. will not find Iran’s response to sanctions pleasant: Mehmanparast
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c_330_235_16777215_0_http___www.tehrantimes.com_images_stories_famous_02_ep1.jpgTEHRAN – Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast has said that the countries that impose sanctions on Iran will not find the Iranian nation’s response “pleasant”. 
 
Mehmanparast made the remarks during his regular press briefing on Tuesday in reply to a question asked by the correspondent for the Tehran Times about the fact that U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order imposing new sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran on Monday.   
 
According to Reuters, the executive order prevents any assets deemed to be in U.S. control, including foreign branches of U.S. banks, from being transferred, paid, exported, or withdrawn. 
 
Mehmanparast said, “The issue of sanctions pursued by Western countries and U.S. officials is not a new issue. The issue… is regarded as a hostile measure and indicates that officials of Western countries, particularly the Americans, have not yet come to know our great nation.”  
 
“If illogical pressure and inhumane methods are used to hinder the progress of the country and to prevent it from achieving its rights, they (countries that impose sanctions) will definitely not receive a pleasant response from our nation,” he added. 
 
He also said that the sanctions will only make the Iranian nation more determined to achieve their goals. 
 
Countries should think about their own interests 
 
In reply to a question about the news reports saying that the central banks of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar have told lenders to stop financing trade with Iran, Mehmanparast said that the countries that have joined the Western countries in piling pressure on Iran “must be aware that they are sacrificing their national interests for the illegitimate purposes of the Western countries and the Americans. And they themselves will be harmed.” 
 
Sanctions are psyops 
 
Asked if the Central Bank of Iran has assets in the United States, Mehmanparast said, “Most of the measures that are being taken are in line with psychological warfare and propagandistic measures… and cannot affect our cooperation with other countries.” 
 
“They think that they can exert pressure on our people, cause worry, (and) provoke social discontent through such measures to accomplish the purposes they have been pursuing for years. I think officials of Western countries can receive the response to such measures from our great nation on the 22nd of (the Iranian calendar month of) Bahman.” 
 
Iranian people will hold rallies across the country on the 22nd of Bahman (February 11) to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in 1979. 
 
Sanctions will leave Westerners empty-handed 
 
 “Sanctions cannot have an impact on our nation’s resolve to achieve their rights,” Mehmanparast said. “No country and no power has the right and capability to ignore the rights of a great nation like the Iranian nation.” 
 
The sanctions will only leave those who impose them empty-handed, he said, noting, “You can intimate a nation and a people until you have not taken a measure. But when you exhaust your potential to impose sanctions on a nation, and the people continue their path with more determination and more serious resolve, this indicates that you do not have adequate capability and power to halt the movement of that nation.” 
 
He also said that the pre-election atmosphere currently gripping the United States has led to the adoption of more sanctions on the Islamic Republic. 
 
Majlis’ response to EU oil embargo natural  
 
Mehmanparast was also asked to comment on the parliament’s plan calling for a halt to Iran’s oil exports to the European countries that voted for sanctions on Iran’s oil industry. 
 
It is natural that such decisions by countries that are continuing their hostility toward the Iranian nation provoke responses, he said. 
 
“I think that the people of European countries will be harmed more than anyone else, and it is a matter of regret and surprise that officials of European countries, without taking the condition of the people of their own countries into consideration, take a path of putting pressure on the people… They should be answerable to their own people. Entering the political games of U.S. officials and succumbing to their pressure put European countries on the path which endangers their own people’s security and welfare,” he added.  
 
Certain Turkish officials have made miscalculations on Syria 
 
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson also replied to a question about the remarks that Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc made on Sunday in which he criticized Tehran for the stance it has adopted toward the developments in Syria. 
 
“We think that certain Turkish officials have made miscalculations in regard to Syria. We advise them to create an atmosphere to help resolve the issue through achieving a better understanding of the Syria issue,” Mehmanparast said.

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