SHAFAQNA – Iran’s envoy to the UN says economic sanctions have triggered an increase in the rate of inequality in the countries targeted with the bans.
Addressing a meeting on social development in the UN on Friday, Gholam Hossein Dehqani slammed the imposition of “illegitimate and unlawful” financial restrictions on countries and said the restrictions are a very important factor in the surge of inequality, according to IRIB News.
“Despite the progress that has been made, the level of inequality in the world has increased; and global financial policies are one of the main factors in [the emergence of] the inequality,” he said.
He also highlighted the destructive impacts of the sanctions, saying that embargoes prevent governments from reaching the Millennium Development Goals and the objectives of social development devised in the World Summit for Social Development in Copenhagen in 1995.
The United States and the European Union have imposed several rounds of economic sanctions on Iran in a bid to stop the country from pursuing its peaceful nuclear program. Iran has repeatedly challenged the legality of the sanctions as the country has performed its obligations under the international treaties on nuclear activities.
The policy of imposing sanctions has also been applied to other countries, including Russia, which has been hit by several rounds of sanction as Western government accuse it of having a hand in the ongoing crisis in east Ukraine.