May 21st, 2012
07:50 AM ET

Iran economic minister: Sanctions not hurting us

As Iran prepares to meet again with the U.S. and other countries to negotiate its nuclear program, the country's economic minister insisted in an interview Sunday with CNN's Fareed Zakaria that the crippling sanctions imposed on Iran were not having as much of an impact as believed.

Minister Shamseddin Hosseini argued that his country has a much broader economy than just oil.

"Last year, the total non-oil exports increased by 30 percent and according to the latest reports that the International Monetary Fund has published, Iran's GDP – Iran's per capita income has also increased," Hosseini said in the interview on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS."

Zakaria pressed Hosseini on the argument, asking how it could be that the country is not affected when 80% of its foreign revenues come from foreign sales of oil.

Watch the exchange in the video above (or check out the transcript below):

ZAKARIA: You're telling me that these restrictions on oil, particularly if the European Union goes through with them, the Indians say they're buying less from you, the Japanese say they are buying less form you, these are not going to affect you, 80 percent of your external revenues come from oil.

HOSSEINI: We must pay close to attention when we speak of oil revenues and sanctions against oil sales. Who are the winners and the losers of such sanctions?

Indeed, it is difficult, but not just for Iran. And we can all rest assured that there will be a considerable increase in international oil market prices. Now, is this the best approach?

ZAKARIA: Just to be clear because this is very important, you think that if the European Union goes through with the oil embargo, which is slated to go into effect in July, oil prices will go up very substantially?

HOSSEINI: Certain, certainly. Even the IMF says that as a result of these sanctions, oil prices will perhaps reach and hover around $160 per barrel. And the decrease in financial and economic output in Europe will truly be felt.

ZAKARIA: How long can you endure these kind of sanctions because they are affecting your banks, they're affecting, now, the Senate is passing ones relating to the oil – the tanker business.

How long can you continue to withstand these sanctions?

HOSSEINI: We have been the subject, the target of sanctions for the last 33 years. We never went looking for these sanctions, but during the last few years, of course, the volume of these sanctions have increased tremendously.

And we believe that those who impose the sanctions have exerted the maximum level of pressure they have been capable of, but the reality that is showing itself today is that the capacities and the economic specialties and strengths of Iran are such that can cause a backlash – an economic backlash for the imposers of these sanctions and their countries.

This really shows that the economy – economic strength of Iran is in such a way that can withstand these sanctions and will not be the only economy to suffer.

ZAKARIA: So if – but if these sanctions do cost you a lot, cost the average Iranian a lot, why not allow the IAEA inspectors in, say to them you can go to every facility including the ones that we have previously not allowed you to.

We have nothing to hide. You can see all our nuclear programs and certify that it's peaceful and once you get that certification, these sanctions will get lifted.

HOSSEINI: We have said time and time again that we will not give up this unalienable right. We are a member – full signatory and abiding member of the IAEA.

There are conversations and dialogues taking place currently, but there cannot be a hegemony and a double-standard in the treatment of member countries such as Iran.

If these principles can be understood and applied with mutual respect, I think we will be in a much better place.

ZAKARIA: Final question, what will the price of oil be in August of this year?

HOSSEINI: I believe that we must, at least, in order to have sustainable growth for the producers maintain prices at $100 per barrel. But keep in mind the following, can the industrial powers get out of the current situation they're in with these prices?

Therefore, the answer being obvious, the prices will go considerably higher than $100 per barrel. If we see reforms – tangible reforms in this behavior, we will be in a much better place. If we don't, we will witness an increase in international oil markets.

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soundoff (260 Responses)
  1. VAVeteran

    Wheeeew glad he doesn't work for us*

    May 21, 2012 at 8:17 am | Reply
    • Cleeland

      good then we can apply some more.. no biggie.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:46 am | Reply
      • j. von hettlingen

        It looks as if the war of words between Iran and the West refuses to die down! Let sanctions work and mute the drums of war, Or else we will be seeing another crisis that drives the world to the verge of fear.

        May 21, 2012 at 11:10 am |
      • j. von hettlingen

        Of course Minister Shamseddin Hosseini didn't want to admit that sanctions bite and wanted to defy the West with his "we'll be alright" rhetoric. He wanted to make the point that Iran had been discriminated and denied the rights to nuclear programme for peaceful purposes while others could do what they want and got away with murder.

        May 22, 2012 at 2:40 am |
    • Qaiser Imam

      See i feel there is only one solution of Iran problem ( which is not a problem but alleged to be by axis of evil US, EU)
      20 Kiloton Fusion Device on New york can solve many problems of world which UNO not able to.

      How Mass killer Jews and Atom bomb dropper is projecting itself custodian of global peace and true Iranians are facing sanctions. This is time calls for unified muslim army which can give real threat to Jews, US and UK. Unified muslim army of Pakistan, Iran, Turky, Saudi, Syria, Lebonon, UAE, Egypt etc can give reply to NATO or even vanish NATO.
      If we are not able to do this then after Iran enemy will attack Saudi, and one by one all muslim countries why they are not attacking North Korea. Any person with small intelligence can understand. Each situation is having its positive and negative if this opportunity is exploited correctly by us to make unified muslim army nobody can mess with us and enemy will die with fear.

      May 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Reply
      • huh? what?

        You're lovely, and just my type. Let's date. If I ever cheat on you can chop off my nose, or peni$, you're choice.

        May 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
      • Chris, Austin

        Good thinking. Except the part where Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Jordan, Yemen, and even the Palestinian territories, are all Sunni, and they all hate Shi'ite Iran. This is why they are working with Israel to bring you to heel, like the rambunctious dogs that you are.

        See? The Muslim army does exist, it's working already, to bring down your little puppet, al-Assad. Everyone is on one side, and you are on the other. The losing side.

        Almost 80% of the world Muslim population is Sunni. And Sunni Islam is joining the western alliance.

        Oh, and Azerbaijan hates you, too, and wants their land and population back.

        Have fun.

        May 21, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
      • Rob

        I love how people want to drop a device in NY or put sanctions on the people of Iran. The issue with any of these is that they dont hurt the goverment... they hurt the people. My few encounters with Iranians have been nothing but pleasant. Maybe these terror people (regardless of how you define that) should be focused on the idiots making policy instead of the poor people that just want to live their life. Just insane to hear all this war talk when its the worst option in the world to take.

        May 21, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
      • E D

        You are a perfect example of why the entire world has come to see Islam as a vile, barbarous religion of hate.

        May 21, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
      • Albert Von Sachsen

        I am extremely surprised you have enough intellect to even write. Views like yours are a further cause why Islam is so despised. You can rest assured, Meine ferfluchte schwein, you shall not see paradise, nor any virgins. My Allah have your armpits infested with the fleas of 40 thousand camels in heat.

        May 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
      • Jiri pink as

        Dear mr Qasier Inman you are the result of a stupid religion run by morons. Please go out
        And kill some women tot prove just how stupid Mohammed has made you. It would be an insult
        To pigs to call you a filthy pig.

        May 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
      • Patrick

        There are untrue Iranians?

        May 22, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
      • gmad

        hahahaha unified muslim army? good joke mr. imam

        May 22, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
      • Jimmy Cracorn

        LOL Thats one of the most hilarious this I've ever heard of. Unified Muslim army. Everyone in the middle east hates each
        other. You guys cant even act civil to you own countrymen let alone you neighbor. I'm about as worried about a unified Muslim army as I am of alien invasion.

        May 24, 2012 at 5:16 am |
    • Rick

      Yea right Iran, that’s why you have more than 20 oil tankers in the ocean with their GPS turned off. yep, they are literally baiting countries into buying cheap oil from them because they have no where to sell it. No one will sell them insurance to haul their oil around. But they’re not hurting in any way! Sure you’re not!

      May 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  2. gooddoctor

    Nothing to hide eh? These guys somehow seem to think that somebody actually believes them? I will state what I often hear: "why don't we waltz on in and step on these liers, these threats to the modern world and simply take the oil?" A coalition of oil dependent countries could do this and dismantle Iran's nuclear capabilities at the same time. Sure they might fight back – it would seem that would be good and make everybody feel much better as we dance on top of their heads. They openly advocate annihilating Israel and anybody else that does not agree with them and the longer it is allowed to go on, the more likely it is that they will do it.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:18 am | Reply
    • t

      No, no, no. Invading Iran would cost the US about 2 trillion dollars. And it would throw a wrench in the world economy because oil and gas would spike... costing us more. There is a better way. (1) Take 1 trillion dollars and give a 30K tax credit to every American family that purchases an American made plug in hybrid (that is about 37 million new vehicles). (2) Invest in modern nuclear power and open up 50% of the oil fields we are not using. (3) Give Israel a couple modern nuclear subs. (4) Tell the enire middle east they can eat and drink sand because we don't need them.

      May 21, 2012 at 8:49 am | Reply
      • j. von hettlingen

        You do have a sense of humour that would amuse George F. Kennan, father of the Containment Policy. Some of your ideas do make sense!

        May 21, 2012 at 11:15 am |
      • Rob

        You cannot stop technology from advancing. Eventually everybody in the world will have the technology. Look how scared we were of the Soviets using their weapons. Did it ever happen? I agree with the 30K tax credit idea. Funny how people think thats the crazy idea too. War is the worst possible outcome... don't buy into the fear people.

        May 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • David

      Hello King George. It's NOT 1776 anymore. Invasion and conquering doesn't work.

      But I'll tell you what. Take your money and resources and go invade them. Call me when your done.

      May 21, 2012 at 8:59 am | Reply
      • wow

        Someone has wit?

        May 21, 2012 at 11:40 am |
      • Neko

        Someone is a nit wit.

        May 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • Emily

      Actually, that was Zakaria saying the *US* has nothing to hide. Come into our nuclear facilities, inspect, and see that we have peaceful operations. He was asking the Iranian economic advisor why his country cannot do the same; then the sanctions would be lifted if they comply.

      Also, how do you think invading another country, with whom we have only verbal confrontations with, would look to the world? If we lost all respect from invading Iraq, how would we be greeted internationally when we bomb Iran? I am guessing diplomacy is not your strongsuit.

      May 21, 2012 at 10:02 am | Reply
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        I agree with what you said about our worldwide image being tainted if we're to invade Iran like we did in Iraq! But does that really matter to Americans? For example, President Obama ended the illegitimate Iraqi war as he promised and got rid of OBL as he promised and he has successfully restored our image abroad! But despite all this, the political pundits say Mitt Romney is either tied or ahead of the President! Makes me believe if President Obama was to bring about world peace, find a cure for AIDS and cancer, end world hunger and poverty and reduce our unemployment to 0.00% or even walk on water, he'd still be trailing or be tied with Mitt Romney! But there's a solution, together we can vote all teapublicans out of office and progress at home and abroad will continue to materialized.

        May 21, 2012 at 10:35 am |
      • Jim

        Iran with a nuclear bomb would be like a chimpanzee in a train station holding a submachine gun with a hair trigger.

        Sometimes diplomacy is not the answer.

        May 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
      • bob

        first – you are naive if you think sanctions are going to be lifted if they allow access to xyz. just because a cnn reporter makes the offer doesnt mean the un security council will.
        second – iran DOES allow access to it's NUCLEAR sites. the current site in question is NOT a nuclear site, we dont even claim it's a nuclear site, it's the site where they are allegedly testing specialized CONVENTIONAL high explosives. in other words, we want iran to go above and beyond it's commitments per the npt AND per the npt's secondary protocals. MAYBE they would be inclined to do so if their weapons designers didnt mysteriously die in car bombings all the time.
        Third- EVERYTHING about the case for a nuclear iran is like iraq part 2. remeber the aluminum tubes found en route to iraq? the us doe, the scientists that make and maintain all of the nuclear weapons for the united states examined these tubes and said 1) they werent of suitable specification for nuclear weapon related work and 2) they match exactly the specs used in a small french missile system that iraq has been known to ahve imported in large numbers and likely has an ongoing effort of duplicating. the us adminstration ignroed this report and cited the tubes as proof of iraq's plans to produce nuclear weapons. Not too long ago the us adminstration said iran had been found building 'nuclear triggers'. There are two devices that can be used to trigger a nuclear bomb, one called a Zetatron, one called an URCHIN. A zetatron is a complex little device that uses high voltages to produce a pulse of nuetrons. With respect to their use in nuclear weapons only a nation that had signifigant experience in building nuclear weapons, can use a zetatron because if one is off just a billionth of a second in the timing of the initiation of the nuetron pulse, the bomb will fail. URCHINS on the other hand are the type of nuclear trigger first used by the usa. They are located in the core of a nuclear weapon and require no outside timing to work. they are fool proof. URCHINS have ZERO civilian use. If iran was found quilding URCHINS it would be a smoking gun. certain versions of Zetatrons however are used in large number in the oil exploration industry. needless to say iran has a bit of an oil industry to support. Care to guess what sort of nuclear 'trigger' we found them making? you guessed it. the kind used for oil exploration. and not just any old zetatron, but the specific type used for oil exploration that are NOT themselves suitable for use in a bomb.

        May 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
      • Neko

        Well, Bob, if you say so that is good enough for me. Laughable.

        May 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
      • MG.

        You're an idiot Blah Blah wheels off your trailer! Obama promised to end the war immediately when he got into office, not when Bush set forth a scheduled timeline for the Iraq war to end!'re another revisionist clown for our "spend thrift and chief!" ...LOL

        May 25, 2012 at 5:21 am |
    • israel

      you probably think we need to cut spending and have massive tax breaks as well

      May 21, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
      • HPNII

        Let them have a bomb, we have 20,000 of them. If they use it on Israel, or the US I guarantee either of us will survive, but it will the end Iran and they know it. But no more stupid wars over WOMD.

        May 21, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
      • Neko

        Although you call yourself Israel, it is obvious you are islamic.

        May 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • Bruce

      I hope that you understand that even though we have a lot of oil in the US, we don't own it. The Oil Companies lease the land and extract the oil. THey then sell to the highest bidder. If you are advocating that we oipen more drilling in the US, then to keep the oil we would have to nationalize the oil industy in the US. Good luck getting that past the GOP.

      May 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
      • Neko

        Gee Bruce, go ahead and explain capitalism to me.

        May 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • Lee

      Which Israeli agency do you work for? The statements that they have threatened to annihilate Isreal is nothing more than an intententional mis-intrepration of what was really said, and that is that Israel will be annihilated by time, not by Iran. But it's so easy to continue with the lies and half-truths, after all , we must somehow continue to make Iran our enemy. When the U.S. puts sanctions on Israel for having nuclear weapons then we'll know that we aren't being hypocritical. Until that happens, and it won't, we're nothing more than two-faced. We speak so to speak with forked-tongues.

      May 22, 2012 at 7:47 am | Reply
      • Patrick

        Iran committed to ‘full annihilation of Israel,’ says top Iranian military commander
        By Reza Kahlili – The Daily Caller | The Daily Caller – Sun, May 20, 2012
        Iran is dedicated to annihilating Israel, the Islamic regime’s military chief of staff declared Sunday.
        “The Iranian nation is standing for its cause and that is the full annihilation of Israel,” Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi said in a speech to a defense gathering Sunday in Tehran.
        His remarks came on the day International Atomic Energy Agency director Yukiya Amano flew to Tehran to negotiate for inspections of Iran’s nuclear program. They were reported by the Fars News Agency, the media outlet of the Revolutionary Guards Corps.

        May 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
  3. Bill

    This rogue country is playing the free world for fools. Someone needs to explain the facts of life to them without any PC ...keep messing with oil and someone will silence you militarily and that will end your prattle and endless extortion for oil and Hormuz. It's ridiculous to tolerate this blustering and threats from this place when the wellbeing of the rest of the world hinges on Iran and their delinquent agendas!

    May 21, 2012 at 8:19 am | Reply
  4. gorddicnn

    You and you're leader are still morons.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:19 am | Reply
    • LarryB

      And so is anyone who doesn't understand the difference between "your" and "you're."

      May 21, 2012 at 10:03 am | Reply
      • Bones

        He really meant 'yer"

        May 21, 2012 at 10:22 am |
      • your, you're, their, there, they're

        What are ewe talking 'bout Larry? There just re-righting English, and they'res nothing wrong about there writing skills. two bad your just to smart two understand there incredible righting skilz. (that was painful.)

        May 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
  5. Conrad Shull

    What he means is sanctions don't hurt him and others in the top echelons of power.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:19 am | Reply
  6. joe

    By "not hurting "US", you mean "us", the elite in gov't roles that aren't part of the general public. Ask your own people in neighborhoods if they are getting enough food clean water, etc.
    BTW, your countrymen hate you and your government. they are just too scared to launch a revolt right now. But it's coming. Enjoy your role while you still have it.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:26 am | Reply
    • ShahinS

      Ame to that.

      May 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  7. David M

    Unemployment in Iran is 15% and inflation rate is 22%. Don't tell me that sanctions have little affect on Iran. It is putting the pinch on the average citizen but the ones in power don't feel anything because they get their needs met first. Iran is like all other oppressive regimes. The people suffer and those in control live in luxury. Nice way to treat your people.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:32 am | Reply
    • David M

      Just a futher note about those sanctions that are not having an affect: Inflation rate in 2010 was 12.4% in 2010. Now it's over 22%. Hmmm....wonder how that happened?

      May 21, 2012 at 8:39 am | Reply
    • David

      Hahaha. That was hilarious. AMERICA sanctions Iran, and you CLAIM look how THEY treat them. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.
      I just can't stop.

      May 21, 2012 at 8:57 am | Reply
      • Rob

        hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahano schitt funny stuff there, sanctions? talk about a slap on the hand

        May 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Yea, songs like the republicans in congress! They created the economic crisis and yet they criticize President Obama for trying to stabilize the economy and help struggling Americans get back on their feet! They stress fiscal responsibility and a need for less government while accusing the President of wasteful spending! Then they turn around and say look, the unemployment rate is still high because Obama aint doing anything to help struggling Americans! That is hypocrisy! The wealthy republicans in this country are like the leaders of Iran, they will go to any extent to harm their own people so that their interests are met!

      May 21, 2012 at 10:43 am | Reply
      • Bill Duke

        Obama defenders are the biggest hypocrites of all. Every time Obama fails you claim it is someone else's fault.

        May 21, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
      • ceaz

        I agree! The rich will destroy U.S. The U.S Federal Bank Reserve is not even American own it's privately own by the rich elite. We don't even know their names. They lend money to the U.S with interest. Meanwhile another Federal reserve lends money to the enemy for war. They get rich we all die. That is the future if no one stops them.

        May 22, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
      • MG.

        Blah Blah ;everyone knows that Clinton created the haousing bubble at Fanni & Freddi back in 1994 with Frank Raines! Maybe you can enlighten to the rest of us as to why senator Chriss Dodd (D) from Delaware resigned over this issue when the story broke that Bush tried to stop the Fanni & Freddi disaster as reported by your own liberal news agencies like CBS and the N.Y.Times? ....more revisionist history that nobody seems to know about!

        May 25, 2012 at 5:31 am |
    • Patrick

      Iran: Rising unemployment hits Kermanshah
      Source: Radio Zamaneh
      Five thousand workers at the brick-making burners in Kermanshah province have been laid off over the past two years, the Kermanshah Post website reports.

      The report indicates that the closure of traditional brick burners during that period has left thousands of workers unemployed in the northwestern region of Iran. The workers and management say cuts to government subsidies were to blame for a sudden rise in production costs and the eventual shutdowns.
      The governor and relevant officials have been repeatedly urged to tackle workers' problems, but the authorities have been basically ignoring the situation, which has caused an exodus as workers seek jobs in other provinces.
      When the government implemented its plan to restructure subsidies, it led to a sharp rise in the price of energy and food staples. Coupled with the economic impact of international sanctions on Iran, the result has been a sharp rise in unemployment due to the closure of numerous factories and manufacturing centres in various regions of the country.
      The Iranian government denies that unemployment is on the rise, and the Ahmadinejad administration claims that it created 1.6 million jobs in the past year and promises that a similar number will be created this year.
      ... Payvand News – 05/22/12 ... -

      May 22, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  8. WTH Iranians

    Well this isn't good. The whole point of preventing hostilities aganist Iran was to give time for the sanctions to work. Now that they say this, that the sanctions aren't working, the hawks now have a freer hand to act militarily.

    Too bad this won't get translated and rebroadcast in Iran. Can you imagine, for the average Iranian, to hear their ECONOMIC MINISTER say that a loss of 80% of their economy from oil revenue has no effect on the country?

    May 21, 2012 at 8:39 am | Reply
  9. Quigley

    If the Economics Minister of Iran is right, it sounds too good to be true. I'm sick and tired of the worthless politicians in Washington using the politics of hunger to get their way! The politics of hunger itself needs to be outlawed at the U.N. but won't, unfortunately!

    May 21, 2012 at 8:40 am | Reply
    • Patrick

      By labelling the sanctions imposed as "the politics of hunger", you seem to think we will feel bad for the people of Iran. You would be wrong. Every Western Civilized nation has had their revolution where a great many people were killed, but in the end, the people won and democracy was successful. If the people of Iran want to survive, they will have to take over and demand a respectful, peaceful government. If the current leaders of Iran cared about its people, they would advocate for peace. All over the world, if you cannot play well with others, you are put against the wall.

      May 21, 2012 at 8:52 am | Reply
      • Joseph McCarthy

        What is so "humaine" about the politics of hunger anyway, Patrick? There is nothing decent about trying to create hunger in order to force one's will upon others. In fact, back in the early 1800's Napoleon tried the same thing on the British during the Napoleonic Wars however unsuccessfully! Then again, we tried that on China between 1949 and 1971 with an equal lack of success!

        May 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
      • Patrick

        As swipe, the politics of hunger is your label.
        Why should we care about the people if their leadership is willing to let them starve.
        Get a revolution going and get rid of these so-called leaders.
        Stop putting all your oil money into weapons and buy food for your people.

        May 22, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • TiredOfPaying

      The US should just create its own Cartel, a Food Cartel. Trade a bushel of wheat for a barrel of oil. Let all of these OPEC countries choose between Oil and Food. How's that for your 'Politics of Hunger'?

      May 21, 2012 at 11:03 am | Reply
      • Neko

        The only problem with that resolve is that the people making decisions are not hungry.
        Evidently, they do not care that the populace is hungry.

        May 21, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  10. Darrell V

    Bottom line is that Russia is controlling Iran. Russia needs the price of oil to be over $90.00 a barrell or their economy will collapse again. They need turmoil in the world to keep the price of oil high. I have lived in Ukraine when Russia shut off the gas and know first hand how they will deal with the world BEWARE

    May 21, 2012 at 8:45 am | Reply
    • Is that you?

      Is that you Darrell Vanyo? You are the most incompetent person that ever worked in IT. Or anywhere!!!!!!! You hired suck ups like Mason Mehring just to make you look good. Moron.

      May 21, 2012 at 8:51 am | Reply
      • Patrick

        You seem to think that your as sinine attempt at denigrating this fellow will put a damper on his message.
        You are wrong.

        May 21, 2012 at 8:56 am |
      • PLA

        Is that you is that you?

        May 21, 2012 at 10:42 am |
      • Hahahahahaha

        Patrick. Did Darrell hire you too? Hahahahahahahahaha

        May 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
      • Patrick

        What, you also?

        May 22, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • bspurloc

      China is buying Iranian oil at a HUGE discount.... win win china in all these conflicts.... MADE IN CHINA!

      May 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  11. OhYeah

    Suuuuure they don't!

    May 21, 2012 at 8:49 am | Reply
  12. David

    Do as America tells you, or you will suffer. It's God's will.

    Yea right, we're nothing but a modern day Rome.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:55 am | Reply
    • Neko

      All the world should take note of the danger of this doctrine and fight against it with all their strength, for we cannot accept that any man on the face of the earth should force us to believe in his god.

      May 21, 2012 at 10:32 am | Reply
    • Emily

      When your "enemy" and I say that loosely, though they like to label us that way emphatically, is seemingly trying to bolster its offensive war weapons, would you not try to sanction them? There is little else to be done. An act of war would be a grave mistake, at this point. On the other hand, would letting a country that swears you as its enemy have the absolute freedom to create weapons in which to annihilate you, be any better? The only middle ground is to force them to comply, yes. Force them. Letting Iran and its allies have an autonomous nuclear program, with no oversight, is frankly irresponsible.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
    • bspurloc

      except Rome was surrounded by Enemies where we are surrounded by mexico and canada ahhhhhh they will invade us! better spend a trillion more on military and get control of that oil supply

      May 21, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
      • DocL

        Maybe you should look around. The illegal immigration into the United States across our Southern border is nothing more than an invasion, albeit piecemeal.
        While I do not want to pay $ 17.99 / lb for tomatoes, neither do I want to pay trillions to feed, treat or incarcerate an illegal alien population!
        You are correct about Canada, but any school in the nation will give you an ‘F’ for 50%!

        May 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  13. citizenmn

    This is the funniest headline I have read today. Okay, if the sanctions aren't hurting, then you won't mind if we make them even harsher, including cutting you out of the world economy entirely.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:58 am | Reply
  14. JAL

    Just for a week…don’t listen to anyone about Islam except for Mohammed himself. This is key to peace in the middle east. Fair request.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:59 am | Reply
  15. Hear Ye

    – – – – – – – – pants on fire.

    May 21, 2012 at 9:18 am | Reply
  16. Neko

    Bukhari:V4B52N72 "The Prophet said, 'Nobody who enters Paradise likes to go back to the world even if he got everything on the earth, except a Mujahid [Islamic fighter] who wishes to return so that he may be martyred ten times because of the dignity he receives.' Our Prophet told us about the message of Allah: 'Whoever among us is killed will go to Paradise.' Umar asked the Prophet, 'Is it not true that our men who are killed will go to Paradise and those of the Pagan's will go to Hell?' The Prophet said, 'Yes.'"

    May 21, 2012 at 9:20 am | Reply
    • klargar

      Your prophet was a war mongering lying paedophile.

      May 21, 2012 at 9:28 am | Reply
      • Neko

        Agreed!, my point is made.

        May 21, 2012 at 9:34 am |
    • TiredOfPaying

      'Is it not true that our men who are killed will go to Paradise and those of the Pagan's will go to Hell?' The Prophet (Pork be upon him) said, 'Yes.'"

      Ummm.... 'Is it FALSE (not true) that our men....' with an answer of 'Yes' means that it IS FALSE. In other words the Prophet said that 'you are NOT going to Paradise and the Pagans won't go to Hell.' Now that's one quote that I can agree with.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply
      • Neko

        ???????????? You need help.

        May 21, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • ceaz

      So alah reward killers, female abusers.? So alah is a lying about him been peaceful. Not sens ancient times muslims have shown pace. Now they are nothing but killers and freedom haters. Alah is a two face so called god. He says if we are not islam we will be killed. Were is the freedom in that?

      May 22, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  17. JS

    "It will not affect us very much" is Farsi diplomatic-speak for "those of us in power will still continue to dine on caviar while the common people starve".
    Iran is practically in an economic depression right now. This guy is turning into the new Baghdad Bob.

    May 21, 2012 at 9:23 am | Reply
  18. DeeNYC

    which is why we need to green light israel to drop some bombs on them. Maybe that'll hurt.

    May 21, 2012 at 9:31 am | Reply
    • ShahinS

      Go ahead, make their day...................

      May 21, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  19. Neko

    Buhari:V8B75N417 "Akllah's Messenger said, 'Allah has some angels who look for those who think about Allah while they're out [fighting] and they encircle them with their wings. Allah [who hears all] asks these angels, 'What do my slaves say?' The angels reply, 'Allahu Akbar!' Allah [who sees all] asks, 'Can they see Me?' The angels answer, 'No. They can't see you.' Allah [who knows all] says, 'How would it have been if they had seen Me?' 'If they had seen You [one spirit said to another] they would have worshiped you more.' Allah [who created a brothel] asks, 'What do they desire?' 'They ask for your Paradise.' 'Have they seen it?' 'No. But if they had they would covet it all the more.' 'What do they fear?' 'Hell Fire.' 'Have they seen it?' 'No. If they had seen it they would flee it with extreme fear.' Allah said, 'I will not reduce every Companion to misery.'"

    May 21, 2012 at 9:33 am | Reply
  20. amarjeet

    Economic global sanctions hurt more people than than governing body. If Economic Minister says that he is not hurt, it is clear that Iran top & governing body is not sensitive to the suffering of Iranian people & are brute.

    May 21, 2012 at 9:33 am | Reply
  21. rom2894

    What a bunch of double speak.

    May 21, 2012 at 9:35 am | Reply
  22. Neko

    The way these high priest Islamic parasites operate makes for nothing short of international religious terrorism. They consider it their prerogative to pronounce death sentences on anyone, of any nationality, anywhere in the world, who offends their sensibilities. With their tentacles reaching every corner of the globe, these Islamic Godfathers unleash their lieutenants and soldiers on anyone who dares to in any way challenge their code of murder and mayhem billed as Allah's sole valid religion for all of humanity.

    May 21, 2012 at 9:39 am | Reply
  23. Tr1Xen

    No, but bombs do. Oh wait.... We have a pushover president who won't do anything. Iran has given Obama the proverbial middle finger and Obama has just tucked his tail between his legs and said, "okay."

    May 21, 2012 at 9:48 am | Reply
    • Bosmonkey

      Oh, it's THAT easy huh? Why didn't you say so? You mean he doesn't have to include our allies or worry about the aftermath and consequences of such an act? Pretend we're the only other ones in the world? Spend the trillions we don't have a penny of? Just push a button, start a war, no big deal?


      May 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  24. Edward

    So why does Iran want sanctions lifted so badly?

    May 21, 2012 at 10:16 am | Reply
    • Bill Duke


      May 21, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  25. Everett Wallace

    blnkyte blank blank to cnn

    May 21, 2012 at 10:19 am | Reply
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