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Iran, Russia blast new Western sanctions

Iran and its powerful ally Russia on Tuesday slammed new Western sanctions imposed on Tehran over its suspect nuclear programme, saying they were illegal and futile. The unilateral measures against Iran’s financial, petrochemical and energy sectors announced Monday by the United States, Britain and Canada amounted merely to “propaganda and psychological warfare,” Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said. Russia — which with China had blocked any possibility of the Western steps going before the UN Security Council for approval — took a sterner view, saying in a foreign ministry statement the sanctions were “unacceptable and against international law.”

Agence France Press, France

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