Iran Says New US Sanctions Illegal, Insulting

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Iran's top nuclear negotiator said on Wednesday that new sanctions approved by the US House of Repres entatives were "a hostile measure" that breached Washington's commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal.

Rouhani added, "Neither do the sanctions reduce the resistance of the people and the Islamic Republic of Iran nor do they change our policies". "However, President Donald Trump's administration is following up on the policy of changing Iran's global and regional policies more aggressively through building up pressure on Tehran - because, maybe, Trump needs a scape goat for the case when his policy within the US dead ends", he said.

"Americans can not tolerate an independent and influential country (like Iran) in this sensitive region", he said.

On Tuesday, the US House of Representatives voted 419-3 in favor of a bill imposing new sanctions on Iran over its missile program and alleged destabilizing role in the Middle East. "Iran is definitely not like other regional countries that would surrender to United States bribery under threats", he stressed.

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"The new sanctions on Iran are "unfair", given the achievements of the nuclear deal, but logical, given the [United States'] new policy and new friendship with Saudi Arabia", a French lawmaker told Trend on Wednesday, asking to remain anonymous.

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

Given the US commitments, "they should have implemented the nuclear deal (JCOPA) with goodwill and in constructive atmosphere, and they should have avoided the measures which might have (negative) impacts on the successful implementation of the deal", Araqchi, also senior Iranian nuclear negotiator, was quoted as saying.

Iran's national security and foreign affairs committee said it would hold an extraordinary session to discuss its response, Xinhua news agency reported. 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.

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That means new sanctions targeting Iran are nearly certain to become law- a development that Iran's deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araghchi, claimed on Wednesday would stymie implementation of a landmark global deal governing its nuclear program.

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.

The U.S. fresh sanctions against Iran is "an illegal and insulting act", Qasemi said, adding that the United States should not overlook its obligation vis-a-vis the nuclear deal.

"They assume Iran would surrender under a little pressure, but they are wrong".

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