United States should stop the games with Iran nuclear agreement — Los Angeles Times

Violet Powell
July 28, 2017

Iranian President Hassan Rohani said at a cabinet meeting on July 26 that his country will respond if the United States enacts a new sanctions bill.

The US House passed a new sanctions bill on Tuesday targeting Iran's Revolutionary Guards, as well as Russian Federation and North Korea.

During his presidential campaign, U.S. President Donald Trump quarreled with the Iranian nuclear deal, achieved during the administration of his predecessor, Barack Obama.

Saying that the sanctions aim to force Iran to give up its hostile approach towards the USA and Israel, he added that Washington and its regional allies plan to prevent Iran from arming militant groups such Lebanon's Hezbollah, hoping that a weakened Islamic Republic may give in their demands.

Araqchi, the deputy foreign minister for legal and worldwide affair, said, "What is being said about the future three months and reconfirmation of Iran's commitment will not come to practice; however, we will wait and take practical actions regarding their moves". He went on to add that President Trump's press secretary had said he would likely sign it into law.

On Friday, Araqchi told media in Vienna that the 2015 Iran nuclear deal should be fully implemented in all aspects, and that Tehran is not satisfied with the United States because of the sanctions imposed on Iran over its ballistic missile program.

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"As a result, the draft sanctions law is incompatible with different clauses of the JCPOA", he added, using an acronym for the nuclear deal, "under which the USA is committed to implementing the deal with good will and in a constructive atmosphere". But the Trump administration argues the nuclear deal was intended, in part, to provide Iran with a fresh start in the worldwide community, in which it has operated as a rogue state since its Islamic revolution in 1979.

Araghchi led the negotiating team that reached the deal with world powers in 2015 known as the JCPOA, under which Iran agreed to strict limits on its nuclear programme in exchange for an easing of sanctions.

"We'll talk about the subject in 90 days but I would be surprised if they were in compliance", he told WSJ.

"The Iranians would likely say that you can not relabel the same sanctions as a missile sanction and take the same actions under a different guise", said Stephen Rademaker, a former Bush administration official and nonproliferation expert now with the Podesta Group.

Jazayeri said that Iranian armed forces, heedless of US pressures, "will push their ways to reach the peaks of progress and will make it (the United States) regret its mischievous acts".

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