Last Updated: Sun Oct 17, 2010 00:19 am (KSA) 21:19 pm (GMT)

Iran calls UN sanctions "illegal and invalid"

Forcing Iran to freeze its nuclear program by depriving the Islamic republic of gasoline
Forcing Iran to freeze its nuclear program by depriving the Islamic republic of gasoline

Iran's top security body has riled against the latest U.N. sanctions imposed over Tehran's controversial nuclear program, saying they were illegal and show that world powers are applying a double standard.

The Supreme National Security Council says the U.S. and other nuclear-armed powers have punished Iran even though it doesn't have nuclear weapons, while at the same time they support Israel, which is widely believed to have a sizable nuclear arsenal.

 The entrance of the United Nations Security Council in the Islamic Republic of Iran's peaceful nuclear activities is illegal and invalid 
Supreme National Security Council of Iran

The council, which coordinates national defense and security policy, said: "The entrance of the United Nations Security Council in the Islamic Republic of Iran's peaceful nuclear activities is illegal and invalid."

The sanctions, passed by the U.N. Security Council on June 10, and swiftly followed by tougher measures by the European Union and the United States, broke an article in the U.N. charter as well as the rules of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the statement said.

“(The U.N. Security) Council should swiftly take corrective action and correct its past mistakes," it said.

The sanctions are aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear enrichment which Tehran says is peaceful but which the West fears could lead it to make nuclear weapons.

The U.N. sanctions target Iranian banks suspected of connections with nuclear or missile programs. They also expand an arms embargo and call for a cargo inspection regime.

Iran's leaders have dismissed the likely effectiveness of such measures, but tougher action by Washington and Brussels, which could have greater impact on the OPEC member's crucial energy sector, might have more bite, analysts say.

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