0725 GMT: Speaking to a crowd in Hamedan in western Iran on Tuesday, President Ahmadinejad --- who said last year that sanctions were only "torn pieces of paper, but more recently had acknowledged they were having some effect on the economy --- put out this message of defiance:
Don't buy our oil? To hell with you.
It's better if you don't buy...Ten times more money will head to people's pockets through the inventions of our scientists.
As the President was speaking, Parliament was voting 139 to 34 for a plan commanding the Government to buy essential food for Iranians. The measure follows reports of shortages of foodstuffs and rumours that the Ahmadinejad administration was going to cut subsidies on essential items such as meat and rice.EA WorldView: EA Iran