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26 January 2012 - 22:33

Following the European Union's decision to impose oil sanctions against Iran, an Iranian lawmaker says the Majlis will discuss the subject of banning the sale of oil to Europe.

Iran's Majlis will debate the issue of putting a halt to the sale of its oil to European countries, said Hossein Nejabat, a member of the Majlis Commission on Energy, on Thursday.

He added that energy is among the key issues for the world countries and noted that many states, particularly those in Central Asia, have so far made demands for the purchase of Iran's oil.

The legislator further said that those countries which have the inclination to impose an oil embargo on Iran need to realize that sanctions will inflict no damage on the Islamic Republic and will only backfire on them.

The EU slapped new sanctions against Iran in a meeting of the bloc's foreign ministers on January 23.

The 27-member bloc agreed to ban oil imports as well as petroleum products from the major OPEC member state and freeze the assets of the Iranian Central Bank across the EU.

The European Union also imposed a ban on the sale of gold, diamonds, and other precious metals to Iran.
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