United States seeking to exit nuclear deal at Iran's expense: Shamkhani

Marie Harrington
August 4, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a sanctions bill on Russia, Iran and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator says the signing of fresh anti-Iran sanctions by US President Donald Trump is an attempt to destroy the country's nuclear deal with world powers، according to "Press TV".

Iran is yet to issue a formal response to the sanctions imposed by US.

"Steve Bannon and other administration hardliners have been tasked with formulating Trump's reckless new strategy towards Iran and Congress just gave them new tools to do so".

However, Reuters reported Tuesday that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Trump disagree on the Iran deal and how it can be used to advance administration policies. "The world must not allow Iran to act in defiance of the Security Council and its resolutions".

For Tehran, the new sanctions breach the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with the United States, Russia, China and three European powers in 2015.

The letter added: "Iran's longstanding program to develop ballistic missiles continues to be inconsistent with UN Security Council Resolution 2231 and has a destabilizing effect in the region".

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"One country stands out for its deliberate, systematic contributions of weapons, training and funding for terrorist groups", Haley said. "The greatest pressure we can put to bear on Iran to change the behavior is a collective pressure", he said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Trump's signing of sanctions legislation sends a powerful message to U.S. foes that "they will be held accountable for their actions".

Trump told the Wall Street Journal in July that he believed Iran would be judged "noncompliant" with the Iran deal, at the next deadline in October.

Ballistic missile development and testing is carried out under the auspices of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the most powerful military institution in Iran.

"Undoubtedly it is not our war, it is a war between Iran and the USA, the war between Iran and the Arabs, the war between Indians and the Pakistanis, our officials should focus on this", said MP Farhad Majidi.

Responding to the House vote in support of the sanctions, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani threatened last Wednesday to respond if the legislation becomes law.

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