Iran Threatens Counter-Sanctions against Russia and China
Iran has threatened “reciprocal measures" against countries, including China and Russia, who voted last week for sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Turkey and Brazil voted against the sanctions, and Lebanon abstained.
"The parliament's Energy Commission has studied ways for taking a decision on imposing sanctions against these countries," Deputy Head of the parliament's Energy Commission Abdollah Ka'bi told the semi-official Fars News Agency.
"Countries like China and Russia which enjoy the highest volume of trade and economic exchanges with Iran will certainly sustain a serious damage in case of any decrease in the volume of trade with these countries," Ka'bi added.
China and Russia have invested and assisted Iran with billions of dollars of investments in the country’s rapidly expanding nuclear program.
Lebanon did not escape Iran’s wrath even though it abstained, an action that the Hizbullah terrorist organization lambasted as a diplomatic mistake. Iran's envoy to Beirut Ghazanfar Rokn-Abadi, referring to friendly relations with Lebanon, told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) that Iranian officials had expected their Lebanese counterparts to oppose the resolution. He praised Lebanese parties, such as Hizbullah, who announced their opposition to the sanctions.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad already has ridiculed last week’s resolution for more sanctions as useless and ineffective, and most analysts have said they are limited.
One principle of the resolution is that a ship to Iran can be inspected on suspicion of carrying forbidden weapons of cargo only if the ship’s country of origin gives approval.