Iran preemptively denounces Security Council nuclear sanctions

[JURIST] Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official profile; BBC profile] Friday decried any potential action by the UN Security Council to impose sanctions against Iran [JURIST news archive] for continuing to enrich uranium past a August 31 deadline imposed by Security Council Resolution 1696 [PDF text, JURIST report], saying such action would be "illegitimate." UK Ambassador to the UN Emyr Jones Parry [official profile] reportedly said the full council may be able to consider a proposed text on sanctions as soon as next week, prompting an Iranian spokesperson to pronounce that Iran "will not allow its rights to be stamped on." Reuters has more.

The Iranian Parliament [official website, in Persian] has already voted to approve [JURIST report] the draft of a bill that would bar International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website] inspectors from entering Iran if the Security Council opts to impose sanctions.

 

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