Ali Akbar Salehi

Iran’s Foreign Minister said at a gathering of border officers and commanders that Iran has managed to withstand all sanctions and “beginning today we will witness the gradual easing of sanctions.”

The Central News Unit reports that on the sidelines of the conference of border officers and commanders, Ali Akbar Salehi spoke of the Foreign Ministry’s actions, adding that “the ministry’s innovative approach has helped ease the symptoms of the sanctions.”

Salehi referred to “border markers” as one of these “innovative methods.” He went on to add: “We are of the opinion that sanctions will no longer be intensified but from now on we will witness the gradual lifting of sanctions.”

So far, no G5+1 representative has confirmed the claims about the easing of sanctions. Meanwhile, the U.S. Congress has announced that a new package of sanctions against Iran is being prepared for approval.

ISNA reports that Salehi said on Sunday March 3 that the Islamic Republic has managed to circumvent all sanctions and reduce the effects of the sanctions, “wearing the enemy away.”

Despite the statements of his Foreign Ministry, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently was quoted as saying that the sanctions are having a severe impact on the Iranian economy, and the only way to overcome the problems is to end Iran’s dependence on its oil revenues.