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'Iran will react to UK's hostile bids'
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Rapporteur of Iran's Majlis (parliament) Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Kazem Jalali
An Iranian lawmaker says Britain should expect more expression of outrage and anger from the Iranian nation should it continue its hostile policies towards the Islamic Republic.

Rapporteur of Iran's Majlis (parliament) Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Kazem Jalali told Mehr News Agency on Tuesday that Britain has a dismal record of anti-Iran efforts such imposing dishonorable treaties, plotting to depose a democratically elected prime minister in 1953, backing the ruthless Pahlavi regime and aiding in the torture of revolutionaries as well as offering refuge to dissident of the Islamic Republic following the victory of Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979.

The lawmaker added that Britain cannot continue with its hostile policies against Iran, and then expect the Iranian nation not to react appropriately.

He said the British government should attempt to make up for all the anti-Iran bids they have made over the years rather than voicing outrage over Iran's legitimate decision to downgrade its diplomatic ties with London.

Jalali noted that British officials should adjust their attitude towards Tehran and try to work out what aspect of their behavior promoted the Iranian public opinion and the Majlis to adopt an unfriendly approach towards them.

The Iranian legislator emphasized that Iran will react appropriately to any radical and adverse actions by the official Britain.

Iranian lawmakers in an open session of Majlis on November 27 passed a double-urgency bill aimed at downgrading Tehran-London diplomatic ties to the level of charge d'affaires and limiting all economic and cultural collaborations to a minimum.

The Iranian lawmakers offered the bill in response to UK's recent decision to impose sanctions against the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran, over the allegation that Tehran's nuclear program may include a covert military agenda.

The bill was also approved unanimously by Iran's Guardian Council on Monday.

UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne declared on November 21 that London was terminating all contacts between the British financial system and the entire Iranian banking system.

Iranian financial authorities say such contacts had been severed a long time ago and that the announcement is purely political and will in no way impact Iran's financial dealings.

On November 22, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani announced that Tehran would review its relations with those European countries that have unilaterally imposed sanctions on Iran.

The sanctions were imposed after the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors adopted a US-engineered resolution against Iran's nuclear program on November 18 that was poorly supported by its members and strongly refuted by the Non-Aligned Movement member nations. The non-binding resolution was issued when the US-led bid failed in its attempt to refer Iran's case to the UN Security Council.

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