Iran’s permanent ambassador to the United Nations said that sanctions against countries are tantamount to a terrorist act as they target the daily lives of ordinary people.

Iran PressAmerica: Majid Takht-Ravanchi made the remarks in the UN General Assembly's Sixth Committee on Tuesday while he was outlining the positions of the Islamic Republic of Iran on the fight against terrorism.

He further condemned all forms of terrorism, including economic terrorism and pharmaceutical sanctions, saying, "Sanctions target ordinary people and are considered a terrorist act."

Stressing Iran’s inviolable commitment to fight terrorism, Takht-Ravanchi said the only way to fight terrorism is to fight its roots, including occupation and military intervention in other countries.

“Regardless of whether unilateral sanctions affect countries' ability to fight terrorism, these sanctions target ordinary people and are aimed at creating chaos and disorder in countries and pitting people against governments, it is in itself considered a terrorist act," the Iranian envoy said.

Takht-Ravanchi underlined that the lack of a comprehensive global convention on counterterrorism and the lack of a global consensus on a single definition for terrorism constitute a pretext for some countries to abuse the application of double standards in the fight against terrorism.