Ahmadinejad scolds child 311.
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TEHRAN - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday denounced European countries that are tightening sanctions on Iran as puppets of a US master and said he was surprised at their moves to isolate Tehran's central bank.
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"We have had no relations with America for the past 32 years so we had no relationship with them yesterday and won't have tomorrow," Ahmadinejad said in a speech broadcast live on state television.
"But we are surprised by these European puppets, who immediately repeat whatever their master says like impotent servants."
The United States, Britain and Canada announced new sanctions on Iran's energy and financial sectors on Monday and the European Union followed suit the next day in a concerted effort to pressure Tehran to halt its nuclear program.
Britain banned all transactions with the Central Bank of Iran; France
and the Netherlands have called for similar action. The move has rattled
politicians in Iran where some lawmakers have called for the expulsion
of the British ambassador.
"They have said 'we should cut relations with the central bank and block
the money of the Iranian people'," Ahmadinejad said, accusing western
countries of wanting to plunder Iranian bank accounts abroad to ease
their own economic crises.
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"Any expropriation of the Iranian people's foreign exchange reserves is
considered major theft and the Iranian people will treat those who do
this as thieves," he told a large crowd gathered at an outdoor venue
The latest sanctions were prompted by a UN nuclear watchdog report that
suggested Iran has worked on an atomic bomb design. Tehran maintains its
nuclear work is entirely peaceful and said the report was based on
false Western intelligence.
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