21 Feb 2024
Monday 24 December 2012 - 17:15
Story Code : 15398

Tehran says country is benefiting from sanctions against it

Mahmoud AhmadinejadWestern efforts to pressure Iranian economy have helped to increase local productivity, minister declares
Irans industries, mines and trade minister belittled Western sanctions on his country, asserting that instead of causing damage they have in fact managed to strengthen the economy.


Mehdi Qazanfari said embargoes on Iranian products and blockades on selling to the Islamic Republic forced itsdomesticproduction to step up,the state-run Fars news agency reported on Monday.


Sanctions have caused an economic advantage for the production sector, and we should use this opportunity in the best way, Qazanfari said Siunday at a conference in Tehran.


Iran is now facing its fourth round of United States-led international sanctions over its controversial nuclear program. The measures are aimed principally at squeezing its financial operations and oil sales around the world.


In Octoberrioting broke out in Tehranin protest to the plunging value of the Iranian rial. The currency has reached record lows, ravaging the countrys economy, partly caused by the wide-ranging sanctions.


Iranian leaders have tried to downplay the sanctions effects. On Saturday, Iranian President MahmoudAhmadinejad said Tehran was engaged in asmart economic warwith the West and was provingresilientin the face of the international isolation.


Tehran has vowed to press on with the nuclear program, which is widelybelievedto be formilitary purposes. Iran says the uranium enrichment is peaceful.


By The Times of Israel





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