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The Iranian parliament on Wednesday warned the West over its possible inspections of Iranian planes and ships, the Isna news agency said.

The Iranian parliament on Wednesday warned the West over its possible inspections of Iranian planes and ships, the Isna news agency said.

Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani said if the United States or "other reckless countries" plan to inspect Iranian planes and ships, they should be aware that Iran will respond in kind as regards their ships in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

Last Wednesday, the UN Security Council approved a fourth round of economic sanctions against Iran over its controversial nuclear program, including restrictions on the country's shipping. The resolution includes the inspection of Iranian ships.

Referring to new anti-Iran laws that were purportedly being drafted by the European Union and the United States, Larijani said the Iranian parliament "calls on the government to not lessen the level of uranium enrichment below 20 percent since these countries have violated the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and refused to provide 20-percent enriched fuel for Tehran's research reactor."

He said "the bullying powers" should understand that Iran was expanding the level of enrichment "as a result of their illogical pressure."

He also warned President Barack Obama that any "wicked intentions" against the Iranian nation would backfire.

European Union foreign ministers have agreed on a new package of EU sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, Belgium's Le Soir reported on Tuesday.

The sanctions, separate from those approved by the UN Security Council, will be discussed at an EU summit on June 17.

According to the newspaper, the EU sanctions will include a freeze on investment in Iran's oil and gas sector, a ban on technology and equipment transfer, as well as providing specialized services.

MOSCOW, June 16 (RIA Novosti)