Iran slams U.S. sanctions as breach of nuclear deal

In reaction to the new U.S. sanctions bill President Trump signed this week, Iran has claimed it a breach of the 2015 nuclear deal the Obama administration made with the country and is preparing to take action.

The new U.S. sanctions bill imposes a penalty on anyone involved in Iran’s ballistic missiles program, enforces an arms embargo, and applies terrorism sanctions to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, Fox News reported.

Iran’s deputy foreign minister and senior nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araghchi, warned Thursday on Iranian state television that Iran has a list of 16 measures to take against the United States, including steps to “improve” Iran’s armed forces.

He said Iran will avoid “getting entangled in U.S. policies,” but will come up with a “smart” reaction to the sanctions.

Last week, it was reported that the Trump administration is calling for suspicious Iranian military sites to be inspected, as this will allow the United States to cancel the nuclear deal if Iran is not in compliance.

If Iran refuses to allow the inspections, President Trump would have justification for saying Iran has breached the contract themselves.

On Saturday, July 22, Iran’s state media released a huge announcement, boasting about a new line of missiles and bragging about how far they can reach, including the ability to target fighter planes, unmanned aerial vehicles, cruise missiles, and helicopters.

Reuters reported Tuesday that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Trump are in disagreement about how the 2015 Iran nuclear deal should be handled, with Trump preferring it be canceled, and Tillerson wanting to hold on to it and use it as leverage to hold Iran accountable.

Trump has stated that he believes by the October deadline, Iran will be found to be in noncompliance and the deal could be canceled.

On Tuesday, Tillerson stated, “There are a lot of alternative means with which we use the agreement to advance our policies and the relationship with Iran, and that’s what the conversation, generally, is around with the president, as well.”

On Thursday, Iran released the following video defending its satellite rocket launch and touting the 2015 nuclear deal.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the United States, saying, “They use any pretext against Iran. You have launched a satellite rocket into space, and you see what controversy they have created in the world against you. It is a scientific matter. It is a technical matter. It is a matter that is necessary for any country, and it is very common and normal. But, as you see, when you do it, they create a controversy at your expense.”

Iranian President Hassan Rohani said, “The nuclear deal (of July 2015) has become and remains a symbol of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s goodwill for a constructive and efficient engagement in the international arena.”

Then he warned, “Iran will never accept when enemies force it into isolation. It will not accept malicious actors’ policies aimed at preventing Iran from actively engaging in the global system and keeping it out of touch with the innovations and achievements of human experience.”

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