Iran expresses dismay after the U.S. Senate approved Friday their extension of the nuclear sanctions. State officials vow to take up the matter with their monitoring committee to the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA).
According to Reuters, Iranian officials oppose the extension to the 1996 sanction which clearly violates the agreement aimed to curb its nuclear program. Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi stated they complied with the commitment to the international community. Now, they are hoping that the international community would honor their end of the agreement.
The U.S. Senate voted unanimously to extend the sanction to 10 years. Ghasemi stressed that they are ready to protect their nation’s rights under “any circumstances.”
The ISA will expire on Dec. 31. U.S. President Barack Obama did not push for the extension but did not object when the Senate voted on it. Aside from the U.S. other signatories to the deal include Britain, Russia, France, China, and Germany.
In a report by CBC, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned about the ISA extension through state news agency IRNA. He explained in Nov. that an extension would breach the deal and threatened retaliation.
“The American government is responsible for carrying out its international commitments,” Ghasemi said. “The U.S. president has accepted to use its authority to prevent such measures,”
Many experts believe that Obama would sign the extension to the agreement that came after years of a standoff with Iran. Some lawmakers stated that the extension would have been easier had Iran violated the agreement.
Iran got accused of trying to develop nuclear weapons, but they stressed that it was for energy source only. With the sanctions imposed, Iran claimed that it badly damaged their economy.
Meanwhile, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump was against the deal describing Iran the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. During his election campaign, Trump that the deal as “one of the worst deals I’ve ever seen negotiated.”
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