Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani on Wednesday urged the government to push ahead with its plan to enrich uranium to 20 percent, despite being slapped with a new round of UN sanctions. "The Iranian parliament demands that the government continues producing 20 percent enriched uranium and not stop it at all as some countries have not adhered to the NPT (nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) and did not provide fuel for the Tehran research reactor," Larijani was quoted as saying by AFP.
"The bullying countries must understand that their illogical pressure will be proportionately reciprocated by the level of our uranium enrichment which would depend on our needs," he added.
Larijani also dismissed the fresh sanctions and warned the West against searching Iranian ships and planes as specified in the latest punitive measures. "I am warning the adventurous America and other countries that in case they are tempted to inspect the cargo of Iranian ships and planes, they should rest assured that we will do the same with their ships in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman," the conservative speaker said. "This retaliation is part of defending our national interests," he said.