Iran: US Sanctions Designed to Derail Nuclear Deal
Albanian Daily News
Published August 3, 2017
The United States is undermining the Iran nuclear deal by imposing sanctions on the country, a ranking Iranian official said Thursday on state TV.
"The main purpose of the United States in implementing the sanctions against Iran is to destroy the JCPOA," Deputy Foreign Minister Sayed Abbas Araqchi said, referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the deal engineered between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, alongside Germany and the European Union.
He added that Tehran "will show a very clever reaction" to the imposition of sanctions.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi also warned that the "hostile" US measures would impact the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal and said Tehran reserved the right to respond, according to state news agency IRNA.
"Iran with due patience and wisdom will take measure toward [its] national security and people's interests," he is quoted as saying.
US President Donald Trump signed into law Wednesday morning legislation that levies new sanctions against Iran, alongside Russia and North Korea.
The bill seeks to ban anyone dealing with Iran's ballistic missile program from entering the US, and blocks transactions on properties held in the US by people associated with the program.
The Iran nuclear deal is designed to monitor and curtail Iran's nuclear program in exchange for economic sanctions relief.
Iran is yet to issue a formal response to the sanctions imposed by US.