Dr. Jalali at the meeting with Chairman of the South KoreamNational Assembly Committee for Foreign Affairs, Ahn Hong-joon

Iran cannot be isolated by sanctions due to its historical and geographical position

Jalali, a senior lawmaker made this remark at a meeting with the Chairman of the South Korean National Assembly Committee for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Unification, Ahn Hong-joon.
“Some big countries are trying to pressure Iran by imposing sanctions, but given its historical and geographical conditions the country is one which cannot be isolated,” Jalali stated.
Commenting on the West’s standoff with Iran over its nuclear energy program, Jalali said that the issue must be pursued within a legal framework, without any political motivation.
“Despite Iran’s full cooperation with the IAEA and proving the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities, unfortunately Westerners did not fulfill their obligations [in line with] previous rounds of talks and have thereby contributed to the air of distrust,” Jalali added.
He reaffirmed Tehran’s interest on having joint cooperation and interaction with all countries in different sectors.
“International issues should not affect the growing relations between Iran and South Korea,” Jalali underlined.
Ahn, for his part, pointed to the importance of Iran-South Korea relations and denounced Western sanctions against Iran.
The US, Israel and some of their allies falsely claim that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with Washington and the European Union using the unfounded allegation as a pretext to impose illegal sanctions on Iran.
Tehran strongly rejects the groundless claim over its nuclear energy activities, maintaining that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.


Energy Program, IAEA, NPT, Nuclear Diplomacy, Sanctions, Western