Israel fiasco in Gaza spurs US sanctions: Iranian MP

US President Barack Obama (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

US President Barack Obama (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The failures suffered by the United States and the Israeli regime are the main reason behind a new round of sanctions against the Islamic Republic, a senior Iranian lawmaker says.

“The US and Israel are trying to make up for their failures by imposing new sanctions [on Tehran] as they see Iran is responsible for their fiasco in Gaza,” Chairman of Iran’s Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Sunday.

The remarks came two days after Washington imposed sanctions against over 25 Iranian individuals and companies, including shipping firms, oil companies, airlines and six banks.

Boroujerdi noted that the measures taken by the United States are in “flagrant violation” of an agreement signed between the Islamic Republic and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany in November last year, known as the Geneva agreement.

Iran should voice its objection to the bans in its upcoming negotiations with the six countries, the parliamentarian added.

The next round of talks between Iran and the six countries aimed at resolving the standoff over Tehran’s civilian nuclear work will be held in New York in September.

“The usurping Zionist regime failed to achieve its objectives after 51 days of brutal attacks on the defenseless people of Gaza,” Boroujerdi said, adding, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared, Tel Aviv’s defeat at the hands of the Palestinian resistance movement was a result of Tehran’s support for the Palestinians.

The Israeli regime launched a military campaign against the Gaza Strip in early July and later expanded its operation with a ground invasion. More than 2,130 Palestinians were killed in the Israeli onslaught on the coastal enclave. Some 11,000 others were also wounded.


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