The recent statements by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on calling Britain "evil" represent the height of the Iranian people's hatred for the British government, Member the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mehdi Davatgari told FNA on Thursday.
Referring to Ayatollah Khamenei's latest remarks about calling Britain "evil" and also his comments in the country's Northeastern city of Bojnourd, in which he said, "We call Britain evil Britain", Davatgari said that Britain's "wickedness" is evident to the Iranian people because the British government stood against them since the victory of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution and it was involved in all plots against the Iranian nation.
Moreover, Davatgari stressed that the Iranians have resisted the US-led sanctions, but Britain has a vital role in imposing sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
The remarks by the Iranian lawmaker came after British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond threatened Iran with more sanctions pain.
In an interview with the Observer weekly, Hammond acknowledged that the western sanctions on Iran are targeted at the livelihood of the ordinary people, which he said are necessary so that Tehran feels an existential threat from economic pressure and ends its nuclear activities.
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 the West's demand as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path.
Political observers believe that the United States has remained at loggerheads with Iran mainly over the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran's nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for the other third-world countries.