Iran Bans Import of Printing Machines from Britain
The Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance in a decree on Sunday banned imports of all kinds of printing tools and machines from Britain as part of Tehran's policy for downgrading ties with London, Fars News Agency reported.
The Ministry's Culture Department announced on Sunday that the decision has been made in a move to hit back at the expansionist policies of the enemies of the Islamic Revolution, specially Britain which extended serious support for the last year riots in Iran and also backed up fresh sanctions against Tehran.
"Registration of orders for printing goods, tools and machines from Britain is not allowed," says the Culture Ministry's directive which has been sent to all Iranian customs offices across the country.
Following Britain's support for a group of wild demonstrators who disrespected Islamic sanctities and damaged private and public amenities and properties on December 27 2009, members of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission drafted bill of a law requiring the country's Foreign Ministry to cut relations with Britain.
The British government's blatant stance and repeated remarks in support of the recent unrests inside Iran and London's espionage operations and financial and media support for the opposition groups are among the reasons mentioned in the bill for cutting ties with Britain.
Iran has repeatedly accused the West of stoking post-election unrests, singling out Britain and the US for meddling. Tehran expelled two British diplomats and arrested a number of local staffs of the British embassy in Tehran after documents and evidence substantiated London's interfering role in stirring post-election riots in Iran.
In one of the court hearing sessions, British embassy's local staff in Tehran Hossein Rassam, who was charged with spying, admitted cultivating networks of contacts in the opposition movement using a £300,000 budget and confessed that the local staff of the embassy had attended protests against June's presidential election results along with two British diplomats, named in court as Tom Burn and Paul Blemey, and that he had attended meetings with the defeated opposition leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi, alongside Burn.
Also on April 20, Rapporteur of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Kazzem Jalali told reporters that the commission had sent letters to the ministries of intelligence, foreign affairs, economic affairs and finance, industries and mines, and commerce and asked them to compile a report on Iran's trade and economic interactions with London and submit it to the commission.
The commission is working on a lowering of ties, trade exchanges and cooperation with Britain.