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TEHRAN, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- Iran on Sunday lashed out
at a new U.S. bill of sanctions on entities or countries that provide goods or
services for Iran's weapons programs, local Fars News Agency reported.
Warning Washington against taking "any further steps
on its present path," Iranian Parliament Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel said
that the U.S. sanctions bill indicated that Washington was still following the
same approach towards Tehran and was not inclined towards revising its policies.
He made the remarks at an open session of the Iranian
parliament on Sunday.
The top lawmaker said that the measure proved that
U.S. officials "had not yet taken a good lesson from the present conditions
dominating the world."
"Such sanctions are more detrimental to the United
States than Iran," said Adel, adding that his country was "well familiar with
and used to experiencing sanctions."
U.S. President George W. Bush on Saturday signed into
law a new sanctions bill called Iran Freedom Support Act after the U.S. Senate
passed it earlier Saturday.
The Iran Freedom Support Act would sanction any
entity that contributes to Iran's capability of acquiring chemical, biological
or nuclear weapons.
The legislation formalizes existing economic
sanctions against Iran that have been in effect since 1979 and says that the
United States shall not reach agreements with governments that are assisting
Iran's nuclear program or transferring weapons or missiles to Iran.
The U.S. sanctions against Iran have remained since
the takeover of the U.S. embassy by Iranian radicals in 1979.
Moreover, Washington has been seeking to impose
sanctions on Iran through the UN Security Council on the grounds that Iran
develops a nuclear weapon program under the cover of a civilian program.
Iran, however, has denied the charge, saying its
nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. Enditem