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Exclusive: Iranian MPs Compile Tit-for-Tat Bill against EP Resolution

TEHRAN, Apr. 06, 2014 (FNA)- Iranian lawmakers have worked out an eight-paragraph plan which includes several retaliatory measures against the recent Human Rights resolution of the European Parliament against Iran.
In their plan of action, the lawmakers have called on the government of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to take tit-for-tat measures against each and every European country which has signed the resolution.

The bill requires the government to reconsider its political and economic relations with those European countries that have voted for the EP resolution as long as they have not taken back their votes. No European official and delegation can meet any Iranian real and legal entity without Irans prior consent and legal permission.

The government will also be bound to reconsider its combat against the transit of narcotics via Iran given the heavy costs and sacrifice of human lives that such a combat incurs on Iran and taking into account the Europeans hostile stance displayed in their recent resolution against Tehran. The bill further reminds Irans experience about the former US Embassy (spy den) in Tehran, and necessitates the government to turn down demands by the European Parliament or western human rights organizations for openning an office in Iran.

The bill also underlines that the government will be duty-bound to reconsider its cooperation with the UN Human Rights Commiossion for as long as the Western countries ignore human and Islamic culture and rights and adopt a double-standard policy in this regard. It also requires the government to treat the officials and nationals of the European countries in the very same manner that they treat Iranian nationals upon their arrival and departure from their countries.

The resolution adopted by the European Parliament in its Friday meeting in Brussels has called for meetings between EU delegations and Iranian dissidents and opposition leaders and criticized the presidential elections in Iran. The Europeans move has angered officials in Tehran as it has been adopted after the western states voiced their consent and pleasure in the betterment of ties with Iran following a breakthrough deal over Tehrans nuclear program.

Earlier today, senior Iranian parliamentary officials disclosed that the legislature also plans to study a proposal for halting the nuclear talks with the six world powers in reaction to the EP Resolution. Ranking member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mohammad Hassan Asafari told FNA this morning that a group of MPs plan to introduce the proposal at the floor of the parliament in its open session on Sunday. "This proposal will be presented to the government tomorrow as we expect the foreign ministry to show a serious reaction to the EP resolution," Asafari said.

The lawmaker cautioned that in case the proposal goes unheeded by the government, "the parliament members will introduce a relevant bill to require the government to take action in this regard". Yet, he expressed the hope that the government would act upon the parliament proposal to make further action by the legislature unnecessary. Earlier today, Parliaments Vice-Speaker Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabi Fard said the EP resolution against Iran is ineffective and Iranians are resolved to continue the path of all-out progress despite such illogical moves by the West.

On Friday, Tehrans provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani blasted the European Parliament for its Human Rights resolution against Iran, and warned that the European Union will not be allowed to open its representative office in Iran. Addressing a large and fervent congregation of the people on Tehran University campus on Friday, Ayatollah Movahedi Kermani said, "The people of Iran will not allow the European Union to open a new spy den (EUs representative office) in the country."

Movahedi Kermani further said Irans enemies dream that they could paralyze the Iranian government by adopting anti-Iran resolutions. He pointed to the European Parliaments anti-Iran Human Rights draft resolution, and said, "It is very shameful that they expect strange things from Iran and raise the accusation that the human rights are not observed in our country." The cleric said these accusations are baseless and can no way affect Irans policy.

Also on Friday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham blasted the EP, and said the resolution is "unfounded and unacceptable". "The endorsement of a resolution regarding ties with Iran and human rights situation in the country by the EU parliament is unfounded and unacceptable," Afkham told reporters. She reiterated that the fact that a number of hardline MPs in the EU parliament have undertaken efforts to adopt an imperative stance and continue an ambitious trend, which is rooted in ancient times thoughts, does not comply with any political and international criterion and logic. Afkham had also on Wednesday dismissed the draft resolution as "unrealistic and counterproductive".


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