TEHRAN  - Iran on Tuesday summoned the Danish envoy, whose nation currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, after the 27-nation bloc moved to impose an embargo on Iranian oil exports, media reported.

A statement carried by official media said the Iranian deputy foreign minister in charge of Europe and American affairs, Ali Asghar Khaji, expressed Tehran's "strong protest to this illogical decision" in his meeting with the diplomat.

"Iranian people have repeatedly proven that they will not give up their legitimate and legal rights under pressure and oppressive measures and will not do so in the future," Khaji reportedly told the envoy, Anders Christian Hougaard.

Khaji held the bloc "responsible for the repercussions of their unconsidered and crisis-making decision." The European Union on Monday slapped an embargo on Iranian oil exports as the West ramped up pressure on Tehran over its controversial nuclear drive and urged it to return to the negotiating table.

The Islamic republic, which is already under four rounds of United Nations sanctions, vehemently denies its nuclear programme masks an atomic weapons drive as the West alleges, and insists it is for civilian purposes only.

The Danish government confirmed its ambassador in Tehran had been summoned to the Iranian foreign ministry. "Meanwhile, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said on Tuesday his country would follow the European Union in banning Iranian oil imports, after talks with his British counterpart in London.

"The actions taken in Brussels yesterday on sanctions by the European Union, we in Australia will undertake precisely the same parallel action for Australia," Rudd said after talks with William Hague. "It is not just that we endorse the action taken in Brussels for Europe; we of course will do the same for Australia.

Meanwhile, Britain is neither planning nor advocating military action against Iran over its nuclear programme or its threat to close the Strait of Hormuz, Foreign Secretary William Hague insisted Tuesday.

A British frigate joined an international flotilla steaming through the strategic sea lane at the weekend, and London said it could send reinforcements if Iran follows through on its threat in retaliation for fresh sanctions.

But Hague insisted that increased diplomatic pressure on Tehran over its contested nuclear drive, including the European Union's decision on Monday to ban Iranian oil imports, were designed to fend off the likelihood of conflict.

"I do stress that we are not calling for or advocating military action," Hague told lawmakers in the House of Commons, where he was called to answer an urgent question on Iran.