The United States has an “addiction to sanctions”, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said in an interview with CNN.
“I believe there is a disease in the United States and that is the addiction to sanctions,” Zarif told the US broadcaster on Sunday. “Even during the Obama administration the United States put more emphasis on keeping the sanctions it had not lifted rather than implementing its obligation on the sanctions it lifted.”
“We felt that the United States had learned that at least as far as Iran is concerned, sanctions do produce economic hardship but do not produce the political outcomes that they intended them to produce,” he said.
Iran has faced great economic challenges since the announcement of US sanctions, with a large number of companies cancelling business deals with the Islamic Republic.
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