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Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich

Russia has warned Western countries over exacerbating tensions with Iran, stressing that such a move would be “fraught with severe consequences.”

“We speak out categorically against cranking up a spiral of tension and confrontation on issues linked with Iran. We believe that this … is fraught with severe consequences,” Reuters quoted Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich as saying on Thursday.

“The increasing tensions in relations with Tehran is essentially blocking the renewal of talks” between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — Britain, China, France, Russia, and the US — plus Germany over Tehran’s nuclear program, he told a news briefing.

The comments came after foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) imposed fresh sanctions against 180 Iranian individuals and companies on Thursday, but failed to impose an embargo on the country’s oil sector.

The EU ministers further claimed that they would keep working on developing additional measures which would directly affect Iran’s oil industry.

On November 21, the United States, Britain and Canada imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran’s energy and financial sectors after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a bogus report on Tehran’s nuclear program on November 8, which claimed Iran’s nuclear program had a military aspect.

“We are talking about the counterproductive, ill-timed and weakly based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report,” Lukashevich said.

“We are also talking about the imposition by some states of extra-territorial, unilateral sanctions … and the completely unacceptable threats of the use of force against Iran,” he added.

The IAEA report on Iran was dismissed by Tehran as “unbalanced, unprofessional and prepared with political motivation and under political pressure by mostly the United States.”

The United States, Israel, and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear program and have used this pretext to push for the imposition of sanctions as well as to call for an attack on the country.

Iran, however, refutes such allegations as “baseless” and maintains that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, it has every right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

The IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities, but has never found any evidence indicating that Tehran’s civilian nuclear program has been diverted towards weapons production.

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  • dahszil

    If US had there assets frozen US authorities would have instigated an attack on Iran’s embassy if not here is USA then somewhere else. You notice that the vampires of oil on wall street have not put a stop to Iranian oil flow and distribution.

    Iran’s enmity did not start with the US and UK’s puppet Shah’s oppressive to religious muslims and other dissidents in Iran. It was the overthrow of Iranian democracy and their eccentric but belove genuis, polyglot, incorruptible, secular, democratically elected leader Mossadegh for rightly privitizing Iranian oil since the UK was giving Iran a pittance for Iranian oil. Mossadegh, also a lawyer won his case for nationalizing Iran’s oil at the ICC before being ousted by US/UK and replaced by the Shah.

    It was the Shah’s expropriation of muslim clerical lands and assets to fund public projects while he and a few elites took the oil money, this was the reason for the revolution going fundamentalist.

  • Concerned UK

    While all this international aggression and brinksmanship is going on, here in the UK we are being told nothing in our ‘news’!

    It’s appalling, but not surprising, that in the UK we must watch the ‘Russia Today’ news channel to get any idea of what’s happening in the world.

    I think we need some regime change here!

    • Same here in the US! All we hear about is Britney’s latest weight gain and what’s happening on The Bachelor. Really important stuff for the Idiocracy.

  • Vlad the Impaler

    :-D

  • geo

    Russia is threatening the west? What a joke! Maybe they should watch some ww2 movies and see what happened to them; Germany made them enjoy small children…for dinner! It looks like the ruskies want that back on the menu! yummy!

  • Vlad the Impaler

    u fucking piece of shit,tsiganos boritos..you give yourself thumbs up,dont ya facking wanker?

  • wtf

    @geo: wtf, sounds like your hateful and amateur comments have a psychological foundation, were you molested by gypsy when young?

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