Any further sanctions against Iran will not tackle non-proliferation issues - official

The latest sanctions that were approved by the U.S. House of Representatives in relation to Tehran are intended to stifle Iran's economic growth instead of tackling non-proliferation issues, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told Interfax.

The latest sanctions that were approved by the U.S. House of Representatives in relation to Tehran are intended to stifle Iran's economic growth instead of tackling non-proliferation issues, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told Interfax.

"Our position is that the [UN] Security Council has already adopted several resolutions containing sanctions in relation to Iran, and the measures taken by the Security Council were totally appropriate and sufficient in terms of ensuring the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction," he said.

"And any additional sanctions will be effectively intended to stifle Iran's economic growth instead of tackling non-proliferation tasks," Gatilov said after he was asked by Interfax to comment on the U.S. House of Representatives' decision to approve new sanctions against Iran.

These are unilateral American sanctions, and "they [the U.S.] certainly have a right to adopt such decisions," he added.

Russia has always insisted on the need to urgently send international inspectors to investigate the circumstances surrounding the use of chemical weapons near the Syrian city of Aleppo, Gatilov said.

"Actually, it was our idea, but UN inspectors were not sent eventually for certain reasons. This topic was politicized by our Western partners," the deputy foreign minister said.

The Syrian government has always been ready to allow international inspectors to enter Syria to investigate this incident, he said.

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