Spokesman: Sanctions to Help Iran Decrease Dependence on Oil Revenues

 Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast

 Fars NA( Feb 7, 2013) Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast underlined the positive outcomes of sanctions and pressures for Iranian economy, saying that pressures and embargos pave the way for Iran to end its dependence on oil revenues.

Addressing a National Security and Foreign Policy conference here in Tehran today, Mehman-Parast said the West is using Iran’s current dependence on oil revenues as a leverage to impose pressure on Tehran, meaning that such pressures can stimulate Iran to end its dependence on oil income.
“We have used these threats as an opportunity and we hope the planning underway in the country would end that dependence,” he stated.
“We will stand and confront this move (sanctions) and our trade ties will double if we work out a good plan for restriction on oil transactions,” Mehman-Parast said.
His remarks came as the new US sanctions, started today, will prevent Iran from reclaiming earnings it gets from its oil exports trade except to buy goods from the country concerned.
The United States has aggressively ramped up its use of financial sanctions this year to pressure Iran to abandon its civilian nuclear program.
In December, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran plans to decrease the share of oil revenues in its next year state budget, the Iranian president announced on Wednesday.
“As regards the next year budget, we are moving to decrease the share of oil revenues to the minimum as much as possible. An oil-based budget is not reasonable since we are a great and advanced country and will decrease our spending,” Ahmadinejad told reporters at the time.
He added that the government has cut a large amount of unnecessary spending and focused on key and necessary spending.
Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.
Despite the rules enshrined in the NPT entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West’s calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.
Tehran has dismissed West’s demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians’ national resolve to continue the path.
Tehran has repeatedly said that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of IAEA’s questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.

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