Iran said on Friday that United Nations sanctions against its nuclear programme were illegal and should be revoked. In a statement carried on the official IRNA news wire, Iran's Supreme National Security Council, which coordinates national defence and security policy, said: "The entrance of the United Nations Security Council in the Islamic Republic of Iran's peaceful nuclear activities is illegal and invalid." The sanctions, passed by the U.N. Security Council on June 10, and swiftly followed by tougher measures by the European Union and the United States, broke an article in the U.N. charter as well as the rules of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the statement said.