Tehran Says US Extension of Iran Sanctions Violates Nuclear Deal

US Senate vote to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for another decade violates the landmark nuclear deal reached between Iran and P5+1 group last year, Tehran said on Friday.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Friday that the 10-year extension of the sanctions law, which authorizes the US president to impose bans on Iran, is against the nuclear accord that Tehran struck with the US and five other world powers — Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany — in July 2015.

“As repeatedly stated by high-ranking Iranian officials, the recent bill passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate to renew sanctions against Iran is against the (nuclear deal),” Qassemi said.

“Iran has proved that it sticks to its international agreements but it also has appropriate responses for all situations.”

The US Senate on Thursday unanimously approved legislation extending ISA, which expires at the end of 2016, for another ten years.

The ISA, which passed in the House in a 419-1 vote a fortnight ago, now goes to US President Barak Obama’s desk.

The scale of support indicates a veto would be overridden in any case by Obama.

Earlier, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei had warned that the Islamic Republic will act if the US extends the sanctions.


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