Iran sanctions 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi)
An influential conservative Iranian lawmaker said on Wednesday that Iran should
not dismiss the effects of sanctions.
MP Kazem Jalali, the spokesman for
Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission and chairman of Iran’s
Majlis (Parliament) Research Center, said that Tehran “should not have deemed
sanctions as ‘torn-up paper,’ according to a report by conservative news site
Jalali, who will head Iran’s negotiating team later this
month during a European Parliament delegation visit to Tehran, said that the
government was to a certain degree able to put plans in place that could deal
Last month, Jalali called for constitutional change to
expand Iran’s private sector, which he said would help offset the effects of
While government planning could not completely solve the
issues caused by sanctions, leaders must still undertake such plans, he added,
noting that sanctions were not a new problem for Iran but had been imposed since
the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Just as Iran must not dismiss the impact of
sanctions, the government “must also not write off internal mismanagement as
being because of sanctions,” Jalali said.
Referring to Iran’s ‘chicken
crisis’ – the soaring cost of chicken caused by the fall of Iran’s national
currency and difficulties in importing chicken feed – Jalali said that before
Ramadan, Iran blamed Western sanctions for high prices. Likewise, Tehran blamed
the West for its currency market crisis, he said.
In reality, those
problems were caused by “more than just sanctions,” Jalali said, hinting at
criticisms that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had mismanaged the
Jalali’s comments come days after he told Iran’s Farda News that
his principlist Followers of Guardianship faction would likely back
Ahmadinejad’s long-term rival, parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani, in next
year’s presidential elections.
In a blistering attack on Ahmadinejad over
the currency crisis this month, Larijani said that government mismanagement
accounted for 80 percent of Iran’s economic problems.
also come a day after the European Union imposed new sanctions on Iran over its
disputed nuclear program.
The EU ratcheted up restrictions against Iran’s
central bank and imposed sanctions against major Iranian government- owned oil
and gas corporations, including the National Iranian Oil Company, a major source
of state revenue.