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Greek parties condemn Iran oil ban

Posted by seumasach on January 29, 2012


29th January, 2012

The coalition of left parties in Greece has denounced the European Union’s decision to ban oil imports from Iran as being in line with the US and Israeli warmongering policies in the Middle East.

In a statement released on Saturday, the alliance criticized the embargo, saying it follows the course of the US move to deploy aircraft carriers to the Strait of Hormuz and Israeli war threats against the Islamic Republic.

EU foreign ministers reached an agreement on January 23 to impose an embargo on oil imports from Iran over the country’s nuclear program as of July 1. The 27-member bloc also agreed to ban petroleum products from the major OPEC member state and freeze the assets of the Central Bank of Iran across the EU. It further imposed a ban on the sale of diamonds, gold and other precious metals to Iran.

The Greek parties protested that the new sanctions seek to pressure Iran to halt its nuclear program despite Tehran’s emphasis that its program is not aimed at the production of nuclear weapons.

The coalition also highlighted that it is against the possession of nuclear arms by any country, and that the recent action of the European Union serves as part of the bloc’s dangerous anti-Iranian policies.

The press release concluded that bringing up the issue of Iran’s nuclear program is hypocritical since the countries which already wield atomic weapons have kept silent about Israel’s nuclear arsenal.

The United States and its allies have been accusing Iran of pursuing a military nuclear program, and have used the allegation to push for four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions on the Islamic Republic and to take more unilateral measures against the country.

Tehran has categorically refuted the Western allegation, saying that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to acquire and develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

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