Parliament Speaker Warns West against Punitive Measures

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel warned here on Saturday that in case the UN Security Council embarks on issuing a resolution against Iran or adopts any method other than negotiations, the Islamic Republic will reconsider its relations with the IAEA.

In an apparent reaction to the likely ratification of the UNSC draft resolution proposed by the group 5+1 against Iran, Haddad Adel said that despite the smooth trend of Iran’s nuclear case in the last few months, “it is now felt that the path of negotiation has switched to the issuance of a UNSC resolution under the intense pressures exerted by certain countries.”

“We believe that ratification of a resolution against Iran is a wrong measure and we continue insisting on the appropriateness and benefits of a negotiated solution to the case,” he stressed.

The chief legislative official further reminded that Tehran has always voiced its preparedness to resume talks, “but it was the European party who disrupted the course of negotiations and opted for a different path.”

He also underlined that the Iranian parliament may never give up even an iota of the country’s national rights, saying, “If the present efforts to deprive the Iranian nation of its inalienable right to access peaceful civilian nuclear technology are continued and in case the other party decides to issue a resolution or resorts to other similar courses of action, the Islamic Consultative Assembly will not give up the Iranian nation’s right under any kind of circumstances.”

Haddad Adel further reminded a nuclear-related bill which has already been approved by the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, and said, “According to the bill, Iran will revise its relations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in case there are (outside) pressures on the country.”

To conclude his remarks, he warned that if the other party embarks on exerting pressure on Iran, the bill will be officially introduced to the parliament for finalization.

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