Iran should face smarter sanctions, says Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf left Iran in 2005 after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected for his first term and now lives in Paris. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images/Stephane de Sakutin

Iran‘s revolutionary guards should be subject to sanctions to force Tehran to curb its nuclear ambitions and respect democracy, the country’s leading film-maker and unofficial spokesman for the opposition Green Movement has said.

“If foreign governments deal only with the atomic bomb and forget about democracy and human rights in Iran, they will help dictatorship,” Mohsen Makhmalbaf told the Guardian.


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