Rouhani blasts sanctions against Iran in UN speech

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly, at UN headquarters in New York, on Sept 24, 2013. Mr Rouhani blasted international sanctions against Iran on Tuesday, comparing them to the widely criticised pu
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly, at UN headquarters in New York, on Sept 24, 2013. Mr Rouhani blasted international sanctions against Iran on Tuesday, comparing them to the widely criticised punitive measures against Iraq while the late Saddam Hussein was in power. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

UNITED NATIONS (REUTERS) - Iran's new president, Mr Hassan Rouhani, blasted international sanctions against Iran on Tuesday, comparing them to the widely criticised punitive measures against Iraq while the late Saddam Hussein was in power.

"These sanctions are violent, pure and simple," he told the UN General Assembly, adding that normal people, not political elites, ended up suffering because of them.

"The negative impact is not nearly limited to the intended victims of sanctions."