Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei warned the U.S. on Wednesday that if sanctions on Iran are approved and extended for 10 years, Tehran will retaliate.
Last week The U.S. House of Representatives re-authorized the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA,) for 10 years. The law was first adopted in 1996 in order to punish investments in Iran’s energy industry and deter Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, Reuters reported.
The ISA will expire at the end of 2016 if it is not renewed. The bill was passed by the House one week after Donald Trump won the presidential election, must still be passed by the Senate, and signed by President Barack Obama to become law.
The White House has stated that Obama will veto the bill when it is passed by the Senate since he believes that it violates the nuclear agreement, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, (JCPOA).
“The current U.S. government has breached the nuclear deal in many occasions,” Khamenei said. “The latest is extension of sanctions for 10 years, that if it happens, would surely be against JCPOA, and the Islamic Republic would definitely react to it.”
President-elect Donald Trump said during his campaign that he would “rip up” the nuclear agreement.
Reuters also reported that The House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would block the sale of commercial aircraft by Boeing and Airbus to Iran.
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