Iran condemned the UN Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on Iran's nuclear work on Saturday as an illegal measure outside the council's jurisdiction.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini told state-run television the resolution, passed earlier in the day, "Cannot affect or limit Iran's peaceful nuclear activities but will discredit the decisions of the Security Council, whose power is deteriorating."
"Ratifying this resolution is an illegal measure outside the jurisdiction of the Security Council and contradicting the regulations of the United Nations charter," Hosseini said.
"Some of the members of the Security Council, especially the United States ... Do not commit themselves to the NPT and freely provide this technology and equipment to other countries and do not commit themselves to any of the articles of nuclear disarmament," he said. "On the contrary they develop their nuclear arsenals."
"This decision cannot stand against the will of the Iranian nation," the spokesman added.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that, “Today, when the Zionist entity is not willing to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty or agree to supervision by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), when the Security Council is doing nothing in response to the Zionist prime minister’s public announcement regarding the entity’s nuclear capabilities, Iran does not accept the Security Council’s discriminating treatment regarding its nuclear program.
“The Iranian people will not gable on their fate,” the statement said.
'Very important step'
The German foreign ministry welcomed the UN Security Council's resolution to impose sanctions on Iran.
The ministry reported that this resolution conveys "a significant signal of decisiveness of the international community."
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said, "The act of imposing sanctions on Iran is a very important decision in the struggle to prevent Iran from becoming nuclear."
She added that "The international community must keep showing decisiveness in the joint struggle, until the goal of ending the Iranian nuclear program is achieved."
Defense Minister Amir Peretz, for his part, called the Security Council’s decision "a very important step."
“Pressure should continue to be applied on the international community to impose even more significant sanctions on Iran," he said.
Ynet reporters and news agencies contributed to the report