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Iran Vows Appropriate Response / US says Extension Don’t Breach Accord

Iran said on Friday that US Congress's decision to renew US sanctions for 10 years is a violation of last year's nuclear agreement and promised an "appropriate" response.

The head of Iran Atomic Energy Organisation, Ali Akbar Salehi, said the US sanctions legislation "does exist but its effect has been currently neutralized by the US president".

"But If it becomes operational again, it's a clear violation of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)," he told Iran state television.

Iran foreign ministry also reacts to US Congress vote for renewal of Iran Sanction Acts (ISA). "As repeatedly stated by high-ranking Iranian officials, the recent bill passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate to renew sanctions against Iran is against the nuclear deal," Iran foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said.

"Iran has proved that it sticks to its international agreements but it also has appropriate responses for all situations."

US President Barack Obama is expected to sign the measure, a White House official said, adding that the administration does not believe the extension violates the nuclear deal.

The bill includes penalties against Iran's banking sector, as well as its energy and defense industries. AFP reports

Iran Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said last month that he considered the sanctions bill a breach of the nuclear deal and warned Iran would "react against it".

US President-elect Donald Trump heavily criticized the pact as he campaigned for the White House over the past year. Several fellow Republicans have called for its termination.

Source: Al Alam

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