Iran vows to retaliate if cargos inspected

09:20, June 23, 2010      

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A senior official of the Iranian parliament said Tehran threatens to retaliate if its cargo ships come under inspection, the local satellite Press TV reported Tuesday.

"Our naval forces will respond in the same way if our cargo ships are inspected," Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's Parliament, was quoted as saying by Press TV.

"The presence of foreign forces in our seas is out of the question and we will not allow arrogant powers to weaken the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic," Boroujerdi said in a meeting with Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari on Monday.

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution earlier this month to impose a new round of sanctions against Iran over its controversial nuclear program, aiming to restrict the country's shipping and air cargo operations.

Source: Xinhua

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