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"The expense and damage [inflicted] by sanctions and economic pressure imposed against Iran are targeting the people of Western states who are grappling with harsh economic crisis," Salehi said on Saturday during a meeting with South African Energy Minister Dipuo Peters in Tehran.
The Iranian foreign minister went on to say that Tehran has managed sanctions against the country by maintaining its political independence in the international arena.
The United States and its European allies imposed further sanctions against Tehran in their efforts to stop the country’s peaceful nuclear energy program.