MIDDLE EAST: Iran threatens retaliation if its aircraft inspected

Iran’s Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani has threatened to retaliate if any country tries to inspect Iranian aircraft and ships following a recent UN Security Council sanctions resolution against Tehran, the English language satellite Press TV reported. “I am warning the US and certain adventurous countries that in case they plan to inspect the cargo […]


Iran’s Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani has threatened to retaliate if any country tries to inspect Iranian aircraft and ships following a recent UN Security Council sanctions resolution against Tehran, the English language satellite Press TV reported.

“I am warning the US and certain adventurous countries that in case they plan to inspect the cargo of Iranian ships and planes, they should rest assured that we will do the same in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman (with their ships),” Larijani was quoted as saying. “This retaliation would be part of our policy to protect our national interests,” Larijani added.

The new round of the UN Security Council sanctions resolution, adopted against Iran late last month over its controversial nuclear programme, aims to restrict the country’s shipping and air cargo operations.