Iran parliament tells gov’t to respond to sanctions


Iran’s parliament approved a law calling on the government to retaliate against any countries that inspect the Islamic state’s ships and aircraft or refuse to provide fuel to its aircraft as part of foreign sanctions, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

The lawmakers adopted the bill in response to the latest round of sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program by the United Nations Security Council, the United States and the European Union, reports Reuters.

The bill included no details of what form retaliation should take, and it was not immediately clear if it was more than a symbolic gesture of protest against the sanctions.

The legislation also made the government responsible for supplying adequate amounts of 20 percent enriched uranium for Iran’s nuclear research reactors for medical, industrial and scientific use, Fars said.

The UN Security Council imposed a fourth round of sanctions on Iran on June 9 over its disputed nuclear program, and the United States and the European Union have imposed additional sanctions of their own.

Major powers suspect Iran is using its nuclear program to develop atomic weapons, but Tehran says it is enriching uranium only for electricity generation.

Ali Larijani, the speaker of the Iranian parliament, told reporters in Geneva “If they want to act illegally and inspect Iran’s ships, then we will retaliate.”

Larijani, formerly Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, did not say how Iran would retaliate for searches of its ships for suspected nuclear-linked material.