The Mullahs couldn’t ask for a better friend in Washington.

(The Hill) — Republican presidential contender Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) said Monday that the sanctions put in place against Iran are “terrible” for the United States and its allies.

“I voted against them and I think they’re terrible and I think it’s going to hurt the people who are trying to overthrow [President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad. People, when they’re attacked from the outside and made to hurt, become more nationalistic,” Paul said on Fox News’s “On the Record” Monday night.

Monday’s order says that Iranian assets possessed by any U.S. citizen or company, including banks’ foreign branches, cannot be “transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn.”

Paul told Fox News that he believes decades of sanctions imposed on Cuba have “backfired” against the United States.

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