Iranian Minister: Enemies Targeting Welfare of People through Economic Sanctions

TEHRAN (FNA)- The economic sanctions imposed against Iran are aimed at undermining the welfare of the Iranian people, Iranian Minister of Economy Seyed Shamseddin Hosseini said on Sunday.

"The economic embargos are not aimed at imposing a sanction on our today, but (they are aimed at) our tomorrow," the minister said, adding that enemies have banned oil imports and investment in Iran's oil sector in a bid to lower the people's welfare level and create discontent among the Iranians. 

"The sanctions are not aimed at economic-military targets, but they aim to hit progress and justice in the country," he underscored. 

In relevant remarks, Iran's Supreme Leader had also earlier said that the western sanctions are meant to create discontent among people, but to no avail. 

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that foreign pressures will not change Iran's calculations and the West is facing serious crises. 

The Leader stated in July that the Iranian nation will not give in to the western pressures, and noted that the US-engineered sanctions will only make Iranian officials more determined to defend the nation's rights. 

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (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 the West's demand as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path. 

Political observers believe that the United States has remained at loggerheads with Iran mainly over the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran's nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for the other third-world countries.