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19:11 | 2010-06-12

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Iran Threatens Russia, China with Reciprocal Sanctions

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran will certainly adopt some reciprocal measures against those countries which have voted for the new UN Security Council resolution against Iran, a senior Iranian lawmaker cautioned on Saturday.

"The parliament's Energy Commission has studied ways for taking a decision on imposing sanctions against these countries," Deputy Head of the parliament's Energy Commission Abdollah Ka'bi told FNA.

"Countries like China and Russia which enjoy the highest volume of trade and economic exchanges with Iran will certainly sustain a serious damage in case of any decrease in the volume of (Iran's) trade with these countries," Ka'bi reminded.

He also underlined that Iran should certainly give a crushing response to the supporters of the sanctions resolution, as any negligence in this regard would embolden the arrogant powers to take more measures against Iran.

The lawmaker stated that imposing sanctions on Iran has been a cruel and stupid measure.

He also said the Zionist regime and the US have obviously made abundant efforts to persuade other countries to vote against Iran at the UN Security Council.

The UN Security Council (UNSC) on Wednesday passed a US-proposed sanctions resolution against Iran with 12 votes in favor while two non-permanent members - Brazil and Turkey - voted against and another one - Lebanon abstained from voting.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed West's demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path.