Official: Iran to take legal action against US, EU over sanctions

Official: Iran to take legal action against US, EU over sanctions

Iran will take a legal action against the United States and Europe for imposing unilateral sanctions on the Islamic Republic out of the auspicesof the UN Security Council, Press TV reported quoting an Iranian official as says.

"The complaint will be registered and pursued soon based on international regulations," Head of the Presidential Center for International Legal Affairs Majid Jafarzadeh said on Sunday.

He added that supporting national interests, which mainly include ways to counter hostile measures by Western powers in slapping restrictions and unilateral and multilateral sanctions on Iran, is a top priority at the center.

The center has carried out various measures to counter sanctions and oppose measures by big powers against the Islamic Republic, the official pointed out.

Jafarzadeh expressed the center's readiness to provide consultation to Iranian ministries and state organizations and added that the body is also ready to help individuals who are arrested for refusing to implement the US-engineered sanctions.

At the beginning of 2012, the United States and the European Union (EU) approved new sanctions against Iran's oil and financial sectors. The embargoes aim to prevent other countries from purchasing Iranian oil or transacting with the Central Bank of Iran.

The US sanctions took effect on June 28, while the US-engineered EU oil ban against Iran was enforced as of July 1.

Washington and the EU claim that the bans are meant to pressure the Islamic Republic to give up its nuclear energy program, which they claim includes a military aspect.

Iran dismisses the charge, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

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