Iran to Take Countermeasures in Response to New US Sanctions Against Tehran

Elias Hubbard
July 27, 2017

The accord took effect in January 2016 and was supposed to terminate all nuclear-related sanctions against Iran all at once, but its implementation has been hampered mainly due to U.S. policies.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has played down the potential impact of the recent U.S. sanctions on the policies of the Islamic Republic.

"Iranians well know that they should resist and stand against their enemies", he said.

He also argued that the Israeli intelligence agencies are pushing the U.S. to impose sanctions on Iran and set the stage for war.

Besides, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said Wednesday that the U.S. Congress bill against Iran will jeopardize the implementation of the JCPOA.

He further said that President Trump has been warned about the potential consequences of imposing new sanctions on Iran.

"If our concerns are not taken into account sufficiently, we stand ready to act appropriately within a matter of days".

"The Iranians would likely say that you can not relabel the same sanctions as a missile sanction and take the same actions under a different guise", said Stephen Rademaker, a former Bush administration official and nonproliferation expert now with the Podesta Group. The "extra-territorial" reach of secondary United States sanctions- those which target companies beyond America's immediate jurisdiction- troubles the French government, but have proven themselves to be Washington's most effective sanctions tools in punishing adversaries.

"Such sanctions have no impact on the Iranian nation". However, Israel believes Iran's weapons are an existential threat. "Still, it can influence the successful implementation of the JCPOA and reduce Iran's benefits under the JCPOA".

The UN and other signatories to the nuclear deal have agreed that Iran has stuck to its commitments, which has been reluctantly accepted by the administration of President Donald Trump. As president, he has complained that Iran was "not living up to the spirit of the agreement".

"The overwhelming bipartisan support for the Iran, Russia and North Korea sanctions means the (Trump) administration will have little choice but to sign the legislation".

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