Iranian parliament to consider plan to reduce ties with UK
Iranian parliament is to consider a plan to downgrade diplomatic ties with Britain IRNA reported on Sunday.
Once approved, the bill will give the Iranian Foreign Ministry two weeks to downgrade political ties with the UK to the level of charge d'affaires.
The bill requires that the level of economic and trade ties with Britain be dropped to minimum.
According to the bill, any decision to raise the level of ties with Britain will require another bill to be ratified by the Majlis.
The emergency of the two-star bill was approved in the parliament on November 23. The bill is anticipated to easily attract the favorable votes of the majority of Majlis which includes 290 representatives.
The initiators of the bill noted that Majlis considered the bill in response to the recent UK decision to exercise sanctions against Iran's Central Bank (Bank Markazi).
They said the history of UK policies towards Iran in years after the victory of the Islamic Revolution has been full of treachery and crimes. They added that Britain undoubtedly had a hand in all the crimes committed by Americans in Iran even before the 1979 Revolution.
They also noted that Iran regarded the UK as a major element behind anti-Iran human rights resolutions, barring Iran from gaining access to its inalienable peaceful nuclear rights, excluding the terrorist Mojahedeen-e Khalq Organization (MKO) from the list of terrorist groups and assisting Saddam Hussein during the imposed war against Iran.
The bill also wants the Foreign Ministry to adopt similar positions against any other countries which might follow the same policies as the UK towards Iran.