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An analyst says Switzerland’s recent dismissal of the illegal US-led unilateral sanctions against Iran dispels the “myth” of a united Western front against the Islamic Republic, Press TV reports. |
“I think that the Swiss decision is very important in several respects. For one thing, it does away with the myth of a common Western approach towards Iran,” Kaveh Afrasiabi, author and political scientist told Press TV in an interview.
Afrasiabi said Bern’s rebuttal also highlights “the very important distinction” between the blanket European Union sanctions on Iran and the restricted United Nations sanctions.
“Unlike the European sanctions, UN does allow some trade, energy and other interaction between Iran and its trade partners worldwide,” he said.
Under pressure from Washington, the United Nations Security Council has imposed four rounds of sanctions against the Islamic Republic. The anti-Iranian measures have been further bolstered by a series of illegal unilateral embargoes by the US and EU, including recent bans on Iran’s oil and banking sectors.
The sanctions have been imposed based on the unfounded claim that there is a military aspect to Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program. Iran denies the allegation, saying its nuclear activities are entirely peaceful and in accordance with Non-Proliferation Treaty, to which it is a committed signatory.
Afrasiabi further described the Swiss decision as a “very timely” and “brave” move that strengthens the hand of others, like Russia and China, which are also opposed to unilateral sanctions and seek a diplomatic solution to the Western standoff over Iran’s nuclear energy program.
Despite not being a member of the European Union, Afrasiabi added, Switzerland’s “decision impacts the rest of Europe and puts some pressure on the hawkish European politicians who are toeing Israel’s line on Iran.”
“There are lots of European companies that want to continue business with Iran and they are limited as a result of these unfair and unjust sanctions.”
After a Thursday meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Thursday, Switzerland's Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter reiterated that Bern is against any unilateral sanctions on Iran.
Swiss President Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf had also last month dismissed the unilateral Western sanctions against Iran as “unacceptable.”
Widmer-Schlumpf said Switzerland does not agree with the bans and will continue economic relations with Iran within the framework of the UN decisions.