Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad previously compared sanctions against his country to a “used handkerchief that should be dumped in a garbage can.”
The Iranian government is apparently of the opinion that sanctions are not “an effective tool,” particularly when those sanctions are imposed against Iran from elsewhere in the world, such as the more stringent ones that the European Union just adopted, for example.
EU foreign ministers have adopted tougher sanctions targeting Iran’s energy sector, in an effort to block its controversial nuclear programme.
[...] In response, Iran said the sanctions would fail.
“Sanctions are not considered an effective tool… and they will only complicate the situation”, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast was quoted as saying by the country’s state-run media.
In a separate development, Tehran told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it was ready to return to negotiations on a nuclear fuel swap, without conditions.