FM spokesman:ISA extension violates nuclear deal
News ID: 3838283 – Fri 2 December 2016 – 11:31
TEHRAN, Dec. 02 (MNA) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry in a statement has reacted
strongly to a 10-year extension of sanctions against Iran (ISA) passed by US
Senate on Thu., saying the act is in clear violation of the JCPOA.
“As stressed repeatedly by the country’s senior-ranking officials, the
recent measure passed by the US House of Representatives and Senate on the
extension of sanctions against Iran is in violation of the nuclear deal and
the US commitments to international law which prohibits intervention in
internal and international affairs of other countries,” Iranian Foreign
Ministry Bahram Ghasemi said on Friday.
Ghasemi’s remark comes in reaction to the passing of a 10-year extension of
sanctions against Iran that was passed overwhelmingly by the US Senate on
Thursday just weeks after the House passed it 419-1. The bill will now be
sent to the White House, where President Barack Obama is expected to sign it
into law. The act is set to expire at the end of 2016.
“According to the basic principles governing international relations, the US
government is bound to its international commitments, and the political
developments inside the US and the relations between the country’s
legislative and executive branches cannot be used to justify any failure or
refusal for doing its international duties,” Ghasemi stressed.
He went on to add, “the US president has agreed within the framework of the
nuclear deal that he would use his authority to prevent the legislation and
enforcement of any measures in violation of the JCPOA, such as the recent
act by the Congress.”
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has proved its commitment to its international
agreements, but has considered the necessary predictions for any possible
scenario and is prepared to effectively and strongly defend the rights of
the Iranian nation under any circumstances,” he said.
The Iranian diplomat further added, “the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will
continue its close monitoring of the US government moves and submit a full
report to the committee supervising the implementation of the JCPOA in order
to take the necessary decisions and measures.”