Rohani: Iran Will Respond To New US Sanctions


Head of the Strategic Research Center of Iran's Expediency Council Ali Akbar Velayati said Wednesday President Trump's approach toward its domestic and foreign policies will ultimately weaken the United States both on the internal and worldwide scenes.

London, Washington- Simultaneous statements issued from Washington and Iran on Wednesday uncovered a shady future of the 2015 Iran nuclear accord after the US House of Representatives voted on Tuesday on a new list of sanctions against Tehran. "And we will take any other step that we deem necessary in line with the interests of our country, and we would continue our path without paying attention to their sanctions and policies". But the bill is likely to become law regardless of the president's action, after Republican lawmakers agreed to build in language that strips Trump of his power to unilaterally relieve Russian Federation sanctions.

"That's why it is incompatible with various sections of the JCPOA which the United States has committed to implement with good intention and in a constructive atmosphere", the ISNA news agency quoted him as saying.

"If the Americans believe that the International Atomic Energy Agency supervision and control on Iranian facilities is not appropriate, we will reduce it", he said sarcastically.

He pointed out that the Iranian Shura Council is considering a set of new measures to counter the new United States sanctions against Iran, adding "we can change the situation quickly".

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Wednesday that Tehran will respond "firmly" to the U.S. House's move in approving new sanctions against Iran, describing the move as a "clear hostile action". While the Trump administration seeks to police the existing deal more strictly, it is also working to fix what Trump's aides have called "serious flaws" in the landmark deal that - if not resolved quickly - will likely lead Trump to pull out.

Iran will "certainly respond" to this "blatantly hostile undertaking" against it, said Araghchi, who was a member of the Iranian team that negotiated the nuclear deal with world powers.

Iran's national security and foreign affairs committee said it would hold an extraordinary session to discuss its response, Xinhua news agency reported. Radically enforce it. If you radically enforce it, they're liable and right now, I know that we're asking - I know we're asking to get into various facilities in Iran.

What he means by that isn't clear, but State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said "Iran's other malign activities are serving to undercut whatever positive contributions to regional and worldwide peace and security were intended to emerge" from the deal.