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‘Crippling’ U.S. Sanctions Aim to Topple Iran Regime, Mehr Says

July 30, 2012

U.S. sanctions against Iran aim to create a rift between the government and the population and topple the Islamic Republic, said Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan, commander of the army’s ground forces, according to Mehr.

“The enemy seeks to distance people from the ruling system,” the state-run news agency cited Pourdastan as saying. “They have increased measures against our country, are talking about crippling sanctions, and with this are seeking to topple the regime.”

The U.S. and the European Union have imposed trade and financial sanctions against Iran over its nuclear work, which they say is aimed at developing atomic weapons. Iran denies the allegation.

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