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Iran rejects using sanctions as a form of political pressure.

According to Iranian Students' News Agency on Wednesday, Iran's UN representative stated that the Islamic Republic opposes the use of sanctions as political leverage in bilateral relations by some nations.

According to Iranian Students’ News Agency on Wednesday, Iran’s UN representative stated that the Islamic Republic opposes the use of sanctions as political leverage in bilateral relations by some nations.

Majid Takht-Ravanchi, Iran’s ambassador and permanent representative to the UN, made the comments on Tuesday during a UN General Assembly meeting. He said that these actions are also the biggest roadblocks to global efforts to provide humanitarian aid.

Takht-Ravanchi said that Iran maintains that all governments and humanitarian aid organizations must uphold the UN Charter’s tenets, particularly the respect for national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Takht-Ravanchi regretted that the capacity of the international community to address the issues of the disaster-stricken states has been hampered by the new and evolving challenges that the international community is facing, including natural disasters, armed conflicts, foreign occupation, the COVID-19 pandemic, and unilateral coercive measures.

Iran agreed to some restrictions on its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of U.S.-led sanctions when it signed the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with the other powers in July 2015. Donald Trump, the then-president of the United States, reversed course and re-imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran in May 2018.

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