TEHRAN, Dec 17_Iran has denounced the United States’ indiscriminate sanctions regime as “silent warfare,” reacting to a US official's recent claim that Washington has enforced the pressure mechanism against the Islamic Republic to avert war.
TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_“In effect, not only are the sanctions an alternative to war, but also they are a modern alternative to genocide and terrorism, and an example of a silent war,” Ali Rabiei, spokesman for the Iranian administration, told a news briefing on Monday.
The only difference between the two hostile courses of action is that by opting for sanctions, the US has rid itself of cumbersome international regulations that prohibit the killing of civilians during an act of war, and is instead pressuring people by restricting their financial resources as well as medical, and food supplies, he explained.
Washington has replaced warfare with sanctions “because it thinks international law cannot protect people, who are the real victims of sanctions,” he noted.
On Saturday, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Washington was using sanctions because “they are an important alternative for world military conflicts.”
The Americans are "committing a mistake and at the same time trying to deceive the people of the world," Rabiei added.
He described Mnuchin’s remarks as “a key historic confession” and the first time Washington has explicitly equated sanctions with war.
The US bans, the spokesperson noted, have come to target the Iranian population in general, and more specifically the vulnerable groups including the underprivileged and working class, pensioners, as well as patients suffering from life-threatening illnesses.
Despite alleging that it does not pursue war, Washington has posed a threat to international peace and security through such unfair measures, Rabiei noted, and expressed certainty that the US public would eventually realize the true essence of Washington's actions.