Iran's Rouhani says new United States sanctions violate nuclear accord

Cheryl Sanders
July 20, 2017

Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari warned that in case the United States wants to insist on pursuing sanctions against Iran's defense sector, it needs to first dismantle its regional bases within a range of 1,000 kilometers around Iranian borders, Tasnim news agency reports.

US President Donald Trump's administration has spared no effort to show a tough stance on Iran, promising new non-nuclear sanctions and stricter implementation of a two-year-old nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.

The Trump administration said it notified Congress late Monday that Iran is complying with the global nuclear deal reached two years ago, but the fate of the agreement remains uncertain as it is still under review.

The motion was originally introduced after the US Senate passed new sanctions on Iran in June and sent them to the House of Representatives.

He further recommended that the United States legislature exercise more "caution" and "think deeper" about the decisions on new anti-Iran sanctions, stressing, "The Islamic Republic of Iran's missile power is defensive and never would be subject to bargaining and negotiation at any level".

Iran's Parliament also voted to authorise extra funding for the missile programme and the Revolutionary Guard's foreign operations wing, the Quds Force, which Washington accuses of fomenting unrest across the region.

Middle East Institute senior scholar Zubair Iqbal says the USA sanctions will hurt economic growth in Iran, fueling income inequality and giving the hardline conservatives in the country more reason to continue an anti-American and anti-Western attitude.

The new sanctions, perceived as the latest attempt to clamp down on Iran's military financing, target 18 Iranian individuals and groups, ranging from an Iran-based company accused of aiding the country's drone program to a Turkey-based provider of naval equipment and a China-based network that helped secure electronics for Tehran. The deal requires Iran to limit its ability to enrich uranium and take other steps to ensure it is not working to develop nuclear weapons, all in exchange for sanctions relief.

The new sanctions target 18 Iranian individuals and groups and are perceived as being the latest attempt by the U.S. to clamp down on Iran's military financing.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he would make his own complaints about U.S. non-compliance when representatives of the five nuclear powers - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - plus Germany meet in Vienna tomorrow to take stock of the deal.

President Rouhani said such statements were created to dissuade Iran from complying with the deal.

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