June 9 (Reuters) – Iran voiced defiance after the U.N. Security Council imposed new sanctions on Wednesday, saying it would not halt uranium enrichment and suggesting it may reduce cooperation with the U.N. nuclear agency.
“Nothing will change. The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue uranium enrichment activities,” Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s envoy to the U.N. nuclear watchdog in Vienna, told reporters shortly after the U.N. vote in New York.
In Tehran, a senior lawmaker said Iranian MPs would review the level of the Islamic Republic’s cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
“The parliament will review Iran’s cooperation level with the agency as an extra-urgent matter,” Alaeddin Boroujerdi was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.
Iran’s parliament has the power to oblige the government to change its cooperation with the IAEA, as it did in 2006 after the Vienna-based agency voted to report Iran to the U.N. Security Council.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said the U.N. sanctions resolution was a “wrong” measure, Iran’s Arabic language al-Alam television reported.
“The resolution was a wrong move … it was not a constructive step … to resolve the nuclear issue. It will make the situation more complicated,” Ramin Mehmanparast said. (Reporting by Parisa Hafezi in Tehran and by Sylvia Westall and Fredrik Dahl in Vienna; editing by Myra MacDonald)