Iran’s vice president has given an unusual explanation for worsening climate change, blaming economic sanctions against the Tehran regime, as he spoke to the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow.
Speaking on Tuesday at the COP26 summit in the UK, Iran’s Vice President and Head of the Department of Environment Ali Salajegheh claimed that worsening global warming was due to “economic terrorism.”
Adopting a familiar narrative, the Iranian vice president firmly put the blame on the western nations, led by the US, who have imposed crippling sanctions on Tehran following former president Donald Trump’s move to unilaterally leave the 2015 pact which put limits on Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
“An emerging threat to sustainable development is the emergence of economic terrorism. Unjustifiable and unfair economic coercive measures that have been imposed upon my country have targeted the wellbeing and health of our citizens,”Salajegheh said.
Salajegheh explained that such restrictions are restricting the access to more green technologies as well as preventing technology transfer.
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According to the vice president, sanctions and coercive methods are not in line with the global sustainable development agenda. They have many consequences beyond Iran.
Salajegheh claimed that Iran has made significant progress in developing a green economy and low-carbon industries, as well as the use of renewable energy. He also praised his country’s efforts to manage environmental threats such as desertification, dust, and drought.
The Iranian media claims that Tehran’s air pollution is more deadly than Covid-19. Ebtekar News reported recently that around 5,000 people are killed each year by air pollution in Tehran.
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