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Iran Vows Retaliation Against Expected UN Sanctions

Iran says it will retaliate against any U.N. sanctions on its nuclear program.

Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said Sunday in Tehran any U.N. sanctions will have regional and international repercussions. He did not elaborate on actions Tehran might take in response to sanctions. But he said the government would take what he called "appropriate measures."

Hosseini's comments come days before a draft resolution is expected to be submitted to the U.N. Security Council calling for limited sanctions against Tehran.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman says Iran still wants to negotiate a settlement of the issue. But he reaffirmed Tehran's rejection of Western calls for the Islamic republic to halt uranium enrichment before negotiations can take place.

Western nations, led by the United States, say Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is solely aimed at generating energy.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.