Iran's Foreign Ministry has denounced the European Union (EU) for adopting “imprudent and unjustifiable” decisions on Tehran.
According to Press TV, EU foreign ministers reached an
agreement in Brussels on Monday to impose sanctions on oil imports from
Iran over the country's nuclear program as of July 1. The sanctions
involve an immediate ban on all new oil contracts with the Islamic
Republic and a freeze on the assets of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI)
within the EU.
The Islamic Republic slams such unprincipled moves and insists on
its policy of establishing relations with countries based on
international regulations and rights as well as mutual respect, said
Iran's Foreign Ministry in a statement on Monday.
It seems that the EU is pursuing the unwise policies of the United
States and seeks to distract public opinion from the popular
justice-seeking awakening movement against discrimination and
capitalism by way of spreading propaganda, it added.
Tehran has repeatedly insisted on the peaceful nature of its
nuclear program and proceeded with cooperation in line with regulations
of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the statement read,
adding that it has spared no efforts to give clarification on its
It emphasized that the Iranian nation has constantly proved that it
would never give up its legitimate and legal rights under pressure and
will never yield to such approaches by insisting on just and fair
principles, and commitment to international peace and stability.
The ministry cautioned the Western authorities that any
confrontation with sovereign nations and inclination to curb their
progress would complicate the current global situation.
It held the EU accountable for such off-the-cuff decisions and efforts aimed at creating tension.
The EU decision to ban Iran's oil imports came after US President
Barack Obama signed into law on December 31, 2011, new anti-Iran
sanctions meant to penalize other countries for dealing with the CBI or
importing the country's crude oil.
The United States and Israel have repeatedly threatened Tehran with
the "option" of a military strike based on the allegation that Iran's
nuclear program may consist of a covert military aspect.
Iran has categorically refuted the US-led allegations regarding its
nuclear program, saying that as a signatory to the nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty and an IAEA member, it has the right to
develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.