It appears as if the United States economic and other sanctions imposed on defiant Iran have started affecting economy of the country. Ayatollah Ahmad Janati, the hardline chief of Iran’s influential Guardians Council, has even termed these sanctions as war against Iran. He made these remarks while leading Friday prayer in Tehran. Janati also advised the national media to avoid pessimistic stories as people are already under stress. He said there is a need to mobilize people, government officials and other relevant authorities to take special steps to handle the deteriorating economic condition of the country.
Janati, however, urged the people gathered for Friday prayer that they should not surrender before the so-called super power and continue to fight for their rights. He said it is a critical time and it is the responsibility of Iranian media to do positive stories to boost morale of the masses. Iranian officials in different government departments are also concerned about the bad economic situation in the country and urging the government to take some cogent steps to boost the country's economy. A number of Iranian officials believe that if Iran's economy collapses, the controversial nuclear program of the country will automatically collapse.
The United States has imposed extremely tough sanctions against Iran. The US and Israel suspect that Iran has been covertly pursuing nuclear weapons under the garb of a peaceful nuclear program. Both the countries want Iran to roll back its nuclear program and suspend uranium enrichment. On the other hand, Iran says that its nuclear program is purely for peaceful purposes and the country wants to use the program for generation of nuclear energy. Iranian officials also say that they want to use the technology for medical research and treatment of different lethal diseases including cancer.
Presidentannounced new sanctions against Iran this week to penalize the companies doing business with the country’s energy and oil shipping sector. The Obama administration believes that despite sanctions some Chinese and Iranian companies are still facilitating Iranian companies to sell the oil. It is to be noted here that Iran’s around 80 percent economy is directly linked to export of petroleum products and oil. Therefore, the European Union has also imposed an embargo on purchase of Iranian oil. Following sanctions from the United States, a number of countries have reduced their oil exports from Iran.
Despite being affected heavily by the sanctions, Iran has yet to suspend enrichment of uranium. The world powers believe that if Iran succeeds in developing atomic bomb, it will disturb peace and stability of the whole region. The Obama administration believes that the tough sanctions will automatically force Iranian officials to cede to the demand of the international community.