TEHRAN, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Ali-Asghar Khaji downplayed on Saturday the impact of Western sanctions against the Islamic republic over the country's sensitive nuclear program.
"Sanctioning Iran is futile," and the time for imposing economic sanctions to bring other countries to their knees is over, Khaji was quoted as saying by Press TV.
The Iranian official reiterated earlier remarks of Iranian officials saying that the dual-track approach of sanctions and pressure against Iran is "unconstructive," and that embargoes against Islamic republic are doing more damage to those countries that have imposed them on Iran.
On Wednesday, Washington expanded the U.S. sanctions on Iran by tightening up economic measures against the Islamic republic and adding more names to its blacklist.
Iran insists on the peaceful nature of its nuclear program, while the West regards it as a cover for making nuclear weapons.