President rejects ""hollow"" U.S. unilateral sanctions on Iran

October 31, 2007 - 0:0

TEHRAN (IRNA) -- America's recent unilateral sanctions against Iran over its peaceful nuclear activities are ""hollow,"" President Mahmud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday.

""The recent U.S. decision (against Iran) has made it clear that the Americans are not even able to harm us unilaterally,"" the president told a ceremony arranged to commemorate the memory of 36,000 pupils who were martyred during the Iraqi imposed war against Iran.
He was commenting on Washington's latest act against Iran when U.S. officials announced on October 25 that they have unilaterally imposed a package of sanctions against Iran for its peaceful nuclear activities. The sanctions have mostly targeted Iranian banks and companies.
""The Americans think that they can force the Iranian nation to retreat by imposing unilateral economic sanctions and publicizing through some of their internal agents that the sanctions were effective and people faced economic difficulties,"" President Ahmadinejad added.
However, he stressed, ""The people of Iran should know that we have identified the evil hands involved in economic sabotage and will completely cleanse them from the country's economic scene soon.""
""We are in a position today that the political and propaganda schemes to stop the Iranian nation have failed and the enemies have realized they are unable to check the progress of the Iranian nation,"" President Ahmadinejad stressed.