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Iran Says No Again to Sanctions
    2008-06-26 10:00:29     CRIENGLISH.com

  Iranian parliament speaker, and former chief nuclear envoy, Ali Larijani criticised the European Union on Wednesday over a recently offered package of economic incentives aimed at persuading Tehran to halt uranium enrichment.

Ali Larijani, Iranian Parliament Speaker.

"If we feel that you (5+1 countries, five permanent Security Council members plus Germany) are making decisions unilaterally and are using negotiations as an instrument to justify your illegal actions, be certain that the process will change. This is the path you have chosen to step in and the responsibility of the consequences will be yours."

On Monday the EU approved new sanctions that impose financial and travel restriction on a list of companies and individuals.

Most notable among the newly sanctioned is Iran's Bank Melli, which allegedly provided or attempted to give financial backing to companies involved in procuring goods for Iran's nuclear and missile programs, the EU said.

Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency had warned in an interview with an Arab television station aired last Saturday that any military strike on Iran could lead Iran to a more-aggressive stance on its controversial nuclear program.

But EU officials say they avoided harsher steps to avoid undermining a package of economic incentives aimed at persuading Iran to halt uranium enrichment.



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