Iran calls extension of sanctions by US senate violation of nuclear dealBy Rudaw [ltr]11 hours ago [/ltr]
Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi. ISNA
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Iran’s foreign ministry has condemned a vote by the US Senate to extend sanctions on Tehran for another decade as violation of Iran’s agreement with Western powers and interference in the country’s domestic affairs.
Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said on Friday that the extension of the sanctions proved earlier warnings by his country’s leaders about the deal with the US.
“As our leaders had warned before, the vote to extend the sanctions against Iran violate America’s own pledge not to interfere in domestic affairs,” said Ghasemi.
"The extension of sanctions by the U.S. Congress is a violation of the deal. We will report it to Iran's committee, assigned for monitoring the implementation of the deal," state TV quoted Ghasemi as saying, according to Reuters.
In a move to force Iran to abide by the nuclear deal it signed with the West in July 2015, the United States senate voted on Thursday to extend the sanctions on Iran for another decade.
The vote was mainly an extension of the US president’s authority to renew or impose sanctions.
“This sanctions regime is how we hold Iran accountable, strengthen our security and deter Iranian hostility towards our allies, especially the state of Israel,” said Senator Gary Peters, Democrat of Michigan wrote the New York Times. “Diplomacy is always our preferred course of action, but it does not work in a vacuum. It only works if it is backed up with credible deterrence.”
The nuclear deal has had many critics among Republican leaders in Washington and hardliners in Tehran.
“There will be aggressive posturing by the hard-liners within Iran,” Senator Chris Coons, Democrat of Delaware, said on Thursday the Times wrote. “I expect that Secretary Kerry will have to have a very difficult call with Zarif,”
Zarif is Iran’s foreign minister.
US president-elect Donald Trump has called the nuclear agreement “the stupidest deal of all time”.