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Iran vows to respond to any Western sanctions over nuclear program

An Iranian Foreign Ministry official warned Sunday that Tehran would not remain passive if the West imposes sanctions on over Iran's disputed nuclear program, but did not say how it would respond.

Mohammed Ali Hosseini, spokesman for the ministry, made the comments days before a draft resolution is expected to be submitted to the United Nations Security Council calling for limited sanctions against Tehran.

'Sanctions will have an impact on both sides and will have regional and international repercussions. If they choose sanctions we will decide accordingly,' Hosseini told journalists in a weekly briefing.

He did not elaborate on actions that Iran might choose in response to sanctions, however when he was asked if they could have an impact on the movement of oil through the Strait of Hormuz, through which some 20 percent of the world's supply passes every day, he replied, that 'depends on the kind of sanctions.'

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