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Iran vows to respond to U.S. sanctions

Iran vows to respond to U.S. sanctions

Shortly before Rouhani's speech, the Iranian Foreign Ministry responded through its spokesman Bahram Qassemi, who said the United States admiration has obligations that needed to be fulfilled under the accord, adding that the countries' rules and laws could be an excuse for governments to evade their global responsibilities.

Larijani accused Washington of breaking agreements and said "they [Americans] believe that breaking the nuclear agreement will do them good; on the contrary they will be more affected than others".

However, the recent move of the USA congress to impose sanctions on Iran runs counter to the US commitments, Araqchi told reporters.

London, Washington- Simultaneous statements issued from Washington and Iran on Wednesday uncovered a shady future of the 2015 Iran nuclear accord after the US House of Representatives voted on Tuesday on a new list of sanctions against Tehran.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said the bill was "very clearly a hostile measure" even if it was only "a compilation of previous United States sanctions in the non-nuclear fields".

President Trump is obliged by law to certify every 90 days whether Iran is complying with the nuclear deal negotiated and championed by his predecessor, but in an interview this week he said that he "personally" expects to find Iran in violation of its commitments the next time.

"That's why it is incompatible with various sections of the JCPOA which the U.S. has committed to implement with good intention and in a constructive atmosphere", the ISNA news agency quoted him as saying.

"During the past six months, the new US administration has certified Iran's commitment to the JCPOA for two times as it had no other choice, because the International Atomic Energy Agency has issued seven reports which clearly confirmed that Iran has abided by the deal", he explained. While the Trump administration seeks to police the existing deal more strictly, it is also working to fix what Trump's aides have called "serious flaws" in the landmark deal that - if not resolved quickly - will likely lead Trump to pull out.

"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.

"If you look at the text of the JCPOA, what the U.S. said it was going to do was actually extremely limited and specific", explained Clawson, who said the bill includes impactful new visa restrictions on individuals who have been a part of the IRGC. "They don't want to see the deal eroded by American egotism and they don't want to see it jeopardized by a perception in Iran that its benefits have been insignificant".