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Iranian Lawmakers Urge Gov’t to Reciprocate the US

4 December 2016 16:04

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Iranian legislators in a statement on Sunday deplored the US Senate for approving extension of the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA), and cautioned the government to take rapid action to reciprocate the US violation of the nuclear deal.

“We, the Iranian MPs, condemn the US House and Senate measure and believe it signifies the height of irresponsible behavior of the (US ruling) system in complying with its international undertakings,” the statement said.

The Iranian parliamentarians referred to the law approved earlier by Iran’s Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) on necessary actions against the world powers’ violation of the nuclear deal, and called on the government to act accordingly and adopt reciprocal moves immediately and inform the parliament of the results.

“It is required that rapid action is taken to implement the stated law on the conditions and terms of reciprocal action against the violations of the other side,” the statement stressed.

The statement was issued in reaction to the extension of the Iran Sanctions Act by the US Senate on Thursday that clearly violates the last year nuclear deal. Iranian officials have warned that Tehran has prepared itself for showing a tough reaction.

On Saturday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani requested the world powers, party to the nuclear deal with Tehran, to take action to stop Washington from damaging the Vienna agreement, warning that the US is treating the multilateral deal based on its own antagonistic aspirations.

“The nuclear deal is the product of seven countries’ cooperation and in line with global peace and security. Every one should try to safeguard its achievements and we shouldn’t allow any country to take action to weaken the agreement as it desires,” President Rouhani said in a meeting with Russia’s special envoy on Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, in Tehran.

“Iran has always been and will be committed to its international undertakings and other members of the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany) should fully act upon their undertakings too for the nuclear deal to remain,” he added.

Lavrentiev, for his part, referred to the developments related to the nuclear deal, and said, “Russia’s position on the nuclear deal is stable and strong and undermining the agreement is no way justified.”

Upon his arrival in New Delhi International Airport on Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also said that “the US officials have still a responsibility to prevent execution of such bills as they blatantly violate the nuclear agreement”.

The Iranian foreign minister underlined that signing the US Congress bill for extension of Iran’s sanctions will discredit the US government at the international scene.

Zarif, however, reiterated that the US unilateral sanctions have no impact on the third countries’ relations with Iran.

Also, Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council (EC) Mohsen Rezayee warned the US to fulfill its undertakings under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or wait for the resumption of full-scale nuclear activities by Tehran.

“Should the US adopt new sanctions against Iran, Tehran’s response will be shocking,” Rezayee wrote in his Instagram page on Friday.

The Expediency Council’s secretary said that the sanctions will not be targeted against Iran only; rather they will mock the European Union, China and Russia as well.

“We will have the free hand to take action against the US; however, our action will be many times more fundamental and more crushing,” Rezayee added.

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