MP: UK’s Policies on Iran Unchanged

MP: UK’s Policies on Iran UnchangedMP: UK’s Policies on Iran Unchanged

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said the requirement for any alteration in the Iranian nation's historical mood of pessimism toward Britain is that the kingdom change its policies toward Iran.

The lawmaker criticized London's recent measure in writing a joint letter along with its European allies and the United States to the UN Security Council claiming Iran's missile launches last month were "in defiance of" UNSC Resolution 2231.

The resolution, adopted last July to endorse a historic nuclear deal between Iran and major powers, restricts Iran in undertaking any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.

Tehran says none of its missiles is designed to carry a nuclear warhead.

Iranian media highlighted the lawmaker's remarks alongside reports on Iran-Britain relations in the past week.

According to media speculations since weeks prior to the missile tests, the Prince of Wales had been planning an Iran tour this fall. Although Prince Charles visited Bam, a southern Iranian city, in 2004 after a devastating earthquake hit the area, the reported trip would be the first official visit to the Middle Eastern country in more than 40 years.  

Based on what a royal source told The Sunday Times on March 27, the British Foreign Office and Clarence House were in talks with the authorities in Tehran about arranging the tour of Prince Charles.

The letter to the UN filled the favorable media climate on the two countries' relations with dismay.

"It does not seem that London's illogical policies on Iran have changed," the Jomhouriat news website quoted Boroujerdi as saying on Tuesday.

"Our general approach toward Britain is based on the parliamentary act on the level of our relations with this country," he said.

On November 28, 2011, the Majlis downgraded relations with the UK due to new sanctions it put in place against Tehran.

The British Embassy and its residential complex in Tehran were stormed by a group of Iranian protesters the day after. As a result, embassies of both countries were closed on the British government's order.

However, after the signing of the July 2015 nuclear deal, Iran and Britain reopened embassies and resumed full diplomatic ties in August 2015.