Ali Larijani, speaker of Iran's parliament warned the US and all countries planning to put Iran-bound cargos under greater inspection that such actions will lead to similar "services being paid to their ships" in the Persian Gulf and the Oman Sea.
Mehr semi-state news agency reports that the former nuclear spokesman of Iran referred to the countries who have participated in imposing sanctions on Iran as "untrustworthy bullies", and insisted that their pressures are "illogical."
Larijani urged the government to pursue their goals for 20 percent enrichment of uranium to satisfy the national needs and not to back up from those efforts for the "illogical" demands of "bully states."
Addressing Barack Obama, Larijani went on to say that the time of "diverting attention" through speeches has come to an end.
In the meantime, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced yesterday that the nuclear swap deal with the West is still negotiable.
AFP reports that Mike Hammer, US National Security Council spokesman said diplomacy remains an option alongside sanctions in the efforts to resolve Iran's nuclear crisis. He added that Iran must take concrete steps to show the international community that it does not want to be isolated any further.
Yesterday Australian foreign minister also announced that in line with the latest UN resolution to impose further sanctions on Iran, Australia will be blocking any deals with two Iranian companies and imposing restrictions on a Revolutionary Guards Commander.
The new UN resolution against Iran was passed last week with 12 out of 15 members voting for the sanctions.
The US Congress is also in the process of approving heavier sanctions against Iran. They have announced that these sanctions will be aimed at the Islamic Republic and not the people of Iran.
In the same vein, Russia has also suspended its sale of S-300 rockets to Iran.
UN Security Council has repeatedly passed resolutions against Iran demanding more transparency in Iran's nuclear activities. Iran maintains that these resolutions are illegal and insists that its nuclear activities are all for peaceful purposes.
The new UN resolution has targeted the Revolutionary Guards and people connected with Iran's nuclear and military activities.
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