UNITED NATIONS —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad responded Wednesday to the sanctions passed at the UN Security Council meeting, saying they were "worthless" and should only go into "the trash bin," in a report cited by Bloomberg News.

Iran's UN Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee accused the United States, Britain and their allies of abusing the Security Council to attack Iran.

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"No amount of pressure and mischief will be able to break our nation's determination to pursue and defend its legal and inalienable rights," Khazaee said. "Iran is one of the most powerful and stable countries in the region and never bowed — and will never bow — to the hostile actions and pressures by these few powers and will continue to defend its rights."

New sanctions against Iran over its suspect nuclear program that target the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard, ballistic missiles, and nuclear-related investments were approved by the UN Security Council Wednesday.

The resolution imposing a fourth round of sanctions against Iran was approved with 12 "yes" votes, two "no" votes from Brazil and Turkey, and one abstention from Lebanon.

Turkey and Brazil brokered a fuel-swap agreement with Iran which they hoped would address concerns Teheran may be enriching uranium for nuclear weapons and avoid new sanctions.

After the approval of the sanctions, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon spoke with strident rhetoric on television channel CNN on the importance of the outcome of the council's vote.

"This is a historic moment," said Ayalon. "History will judge the countries by their votes, whether they pursued their own narrow and cynical interests or voted for peace and [regional] stability."

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