Tehran, Aug 3, First Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda Moses Ali arrived in Tehran on Thursday to attend the swearing-in ceremony for head of the 12th government.Endorsement ceremony was held on Thursday morning in the presence of Supreme Leader of the …Read More
| Aug 3, 2017
Iran said new sanctions imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday broke the terms of its nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers, and it vowed an “appropriate and proportional” response.
Trump, who during his election campaign called the nuclear agreement � negotiated under his predecessor, Barack Obama � “the worst deal ever,” signed the new sanctions into law along with measures against Russia and North Korea.
Iran had already said it would complain to the body that oversees the 2015 deal � under which it accepted curbs on its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief � about the measures passed in Congress last week in response to a missile development program and human rights abuses.
“In our view the nuclear deal has been violated and we will show an appropriate and proportional reaction to this issue,” Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said in an interview with state TV, according to the ISNA news agency.
While Russia has reacted to the sanctions by ejecting U.S. Embassy staff, Iran has no diplomatic relations or direct trade links with the United States, so its options are limited. Araqchi said Tehran’s response would be “intelligent.”
“The main goal of America in approving these sanctions against Iran is to destroy the nuclear deal and we will show a very intelligent reaction to this action,” Araqchi said.
“We are definitely not going to act in a way that gets us entangled in the politics of the American government and Trump.”
The new U.S. sanctions, signed a day before Iranian President Hassan Rouhani takes part in a ceremony before being sworn in for a second term, are likely to embolden his hard-line critics who say the nuclear deal was a form of capitulation.
The United States is one of six countries to sign the deal with Iran, and the others � Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany � have said they see it as a success in easing concerns that Iran might be trying to develop nuclear weapons.
Deal with Total
The deal has also meant European countries flocking back to invest in oil-rich Iran, with France’s Total agreeing to develop a new phase of the South Pars gas field, the world’s largest.
Araqchi said the Europeans would not allow Trump to destroy the nuclear deal.
“What Total did and the contract that was signed between this company and Iran sent a message from Europe to the Americans that whatever the conditions, they will continue their economic relations with Iran,” he said.
In a separate announcement, Tehran confirmed that Rouhani would keep on two important ministers for his second term: Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh, who is largely credited for closing the Total deal, and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s lead negotiator in the nuclear agreement.
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| Aug 3, 2017
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has formally endorsed Hassan Rouhani as president, paving the way for him to take office for a second term as the head of Iran’s 12th administration.During a ceremony on Thursday, Ayatollah…Read More
| Aug 3, 2017
Ankara, Aug 3, Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs and senior negotiator on Syria Hossein Jaberi Ansari arrived in Ankara on Thursday to hold talks with a number of senior Turkish officials.Exchanging views and consultations on regional d…Read More
| Aug 3, 2017
Tehran, Aug 3, Uprooting absolute poverty of Iran’s society and creating a comprehensive system of social welfare is among goals of the 12th government, President Hassan Rouhani said in endorsement ceremony here on Thursday.Main priority for the 12th …Read More
| Aug 3, 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump has said that Washington’s relations with Moscow have hit a very dangerous low,” blaming lawmakers for the situation.
Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time & very dangerous low, Trump wrote on Twitter on August 3.
You can thank Congress, the same people that can’t even give us HCare! he added, referring to a recent defeat in the Senate for his health care reform plans.
Trump’s comment came a day after he signed new sanctions against Russia into law, a move Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev saidamounted to a “full-scale trade war” against Moscow.
In a statement accompanying his signature of the sanctions bill, Trump said it was significantly flawed and would hinder his administration’s ability to negotiate with foreign adversaries.
He also said he was signing the bill “for the sake of national unity.”
The legislation aims to punish Russia for its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria and for allegedly meddling in last year’s U.S. presidential election. It also imposes sanctions on Iran and North Korea.
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