Iran says new U.S. sanctions breach nuclear deal

Cheryl Sanders
August 1, 2017

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), more commonly referred to as the Iran Deal, is an global agreement reached between iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - China, France, Russia, United Kingdon and the United States.

The US slapped new sanctions on Iran on Friday in response to the country's launch of a satellite into space a day earlier, saying the launch violates UN Security Council measures.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said: "These sanctions ... underscore the United States' deep concerns with Iran's continued development and testing of ballistic missiles and other provocative behaviour".

Eight presidents and vice presidents, as well as 19 heads of parliament will attend Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's inauguration into his second term on Saturday, according to Parviz Esmaili, director of communications and announcements department at Rouhani's office.

Ghasemi argued Saturday that the U.S. had violated that agreement by linking the missile program to the nuclear deal and restricting Iranian banking activities in the U.S. He argued that Iran's latest missile tests don't break the agreement because the weapons are defensive.

"Iran has complained to the (Joint) Commission (of the JCPOA) for the breach of the deal by America", he added.

"We will continue with full power our missile programme", he said.

The motion, if ratified in the Parliament's open meeting, will "counter the terrorist and adventurous measures of the United States in the region", Iranian media reported.

"The session also shared views on recent USA sanctions and necessary counter-actions to be taken", highlighted the official stressing that Americans would suffer the most loss from these actions.

"The Americans seek to prevent the implementation of the nuclear deal and there is no doubt about this issue", Larijani said, adding that the new United States moves is likely aimed at spreading propaganda to decrease investment in Iran. "This ultimately gives the Trump administration significant leverage to force back an expansionist Iran; leverage that the Obama administration never sought to use much to the dismay of the peoples of Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan". "Iran should act decisively and wisely to prevent the Americans from attaining their goals". The US legislation imposes mandatory penalties on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them.

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