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Iranian female director slams US sanctions

August 30, 2014

TEHRAN, Aug. 30 (MNA) An Iranian well-known director and movie producer has lashed out against US over its economic sanctions imposed upon the Islamic Republic.

During Thursday's press conference, on the sidelines of Venice Film Festival, for her film "Tales," which depicts social problems in Iran, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad hit out at US sanctions upon the Islamic Republic.

"Our children who are sick with diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis are paying the direct consequences of the sanctions because they cannot get the medicines they need," Bani-Etemad said and that "it's the Iranian people who are bearing the impact of these international decisions, which are crippling our economy and making many lives miserable."

The effects of the US sanctions imposed upon Iran crop up in Bani-Etemad's film, which screened on the Lido in competition.

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians with serious illnesses have been put at imminent risk by the unintended consequences of international sanctions, which have led to dire shortages of life-saving medicines such as chemotherapy drugs for cancer and bloodclotting agents for haemophiliacs.

Since 2006 the United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. Over the false allegation, Washington and the European Union have imposed illegal unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.




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Source: Mehr News Agency (Iran)

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