- Weekly report on Human Right Violation in Iran
- Vahid Asghari refused to appear in the court
- Akbar Amini the political activist arrested
- Behnam Ibrahimzadeh summoned to return prison
- Arash Sadeghi’s hunger strike continues
- Two Kurds die of self-immolation
- Israel won't accept less than total halt of Iran's nuclear enrichment
- Rowhani vows 'moderation,' but won't halt nuclear program
- Israel will do everything to prevent another Holocaust
- Iran takes key step in nuclear reactor construction
- Iran Candidate Attacks Jalili’s ‘Stubborn’ Nuclear Diplomacy
- UN nuclear chief blasts Iran for leading IAEA 'in circles'
- Iran’s women discriminated against by law
- Women, Law and Sexuality in Iran
- Iranian women are second-class citizens
- Women skirt Iranian music ban with fancy dress
- Religious leaders ban 30 women from running for Iran's presidency
- Iranian cleric: Women can't be president in Iran
- Report: Iran sending 4,000 troops to aid Assad
- Syria: North Korean military 'advising Assad regime'
- Iran cuts Hamas’ funding for backing Syrian opposition
- Neighbors in Lebanese city fight Syrian proxy war
- Hezbollah takes Syria risk at Iran's behest: experts
- Iranian troops are fighting in Syria, says US
Tuesday 17 July 2012
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s parliament speaker has acknowledged that tightened sanctions are hurting Iran.
Ali Larijani said 20 percent of the country’s economic problems are due to sanctions. He did not explain what that meant, but it was the first time that a top Iranian official has quantified the impact of sanctions on Iran’s economy.
Larijani’s assessment came two weeks after an oil embargo imposed by the European Union and banking sanctions by the U.S. took effect against Iran over its refusal to halt its uranium enrichment program.
Larijani’s comments were reported by the semi-official ISNA news agency Tuesday.
Economic experts say the cost of imports to Iran has increased between 20 and 30 percent because of Western sanctions.
The West suspects Iran of seeking to produce nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.end of story marker.