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UN official: US anti-Iran sanctions ‘illegitimate’

Tehran, UN Special Rapporteur Idriss Jazairy said that US sanctions against Iran are illegitimate and will drive the country toward poverty, US media 'Fox News' reported.

The reimposition of sanctions against Iran after the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, which had been unanimously adopted by the Security Council with the support of the US, itself, lays bare the illegitimacy of this action, Fox News quoted Jazairy as saying.

International sanctions must have a lawful purpose, must be proportional, and must not harm the human rights of ordinary citizens, and none of these criteria is met in this case,' he added.

He went on to say that 'these unjust and harmful sanctions are destroying the economy and currency of Iran, driving millions of people into poverty and making imported goods unaffordable.'

After Washington's May 8 exit from the landmark Iran Deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the US gave 90 to 180 wind-down period to other countries before it starts re-imposing oil sanctions on Tehran on November 4. Part of the US illegitimate sanctions were imposed on Iran on August 9.

Trump also said he would reinstate the US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose the highest level of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.

This is while, Trump said earlier he is willing to meet with Iran's leadership, without preconditions, 'whenever they want'.

Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message dismissed US Administration's pretentious care for the Iranian people.

Trump Administration wants the world to believe it's concerned about the Iranian people.Yet the very first sanctions it reimposed have canceled licenses for sales of 200+ passenger jets under absurd pretexts, endangering ordinary Iranians. US hypocrisy knows no bounds, Zarif earlier wrote on his Twitter account.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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