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Rouhani Threatens To Respond To New U.S. Sanctions


President Hassan Rouhani, in a meeting in Tehran, July 19, 2017

President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday new U.S. new U.S. sanctions against Iran contravened the country's nuclear accord with world powers and he vowed that Tehran would "resist" them, state television reported.

He added, Iran would "respond appropriately" to new US sanctions but that Iran remained committed to its nuclear deal with world powers.

The Trump administration slapped the new sanctions on Iran on Tuesday over its ballistic missile program and said Tehran's "malign activities" in the Middle East undercut any "positive contributions" coming from the 2015 Iran nuclear accord.

"Some of the actions of the Americans are against the spirit and even the letter of the [nuclear accord]. We shall resist these plans and actions," Iranian state television quoted Rouhani as saying.

"One of the plots of the Americans is to act in such a way that would make Iran say that it is not following its commitments... I think the Americans will fail as we will always respect our international commitments," Rouhani said.

The Iranian ballistic missile program has a bone of contention for several years and was a complicating factor in the intense nuclear negotiations between 2013-2015.

A compromise emerged at the end, in which the United Nations Security Council Passed UN Security Council’s resolution 2231. It urges Iran “not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”

Iran's parliament agreed on Tuesday to discuss measures, including increased funding for the missile program, as retaliation for the new U.S. sanctions, state media reported.

The U.S. measures signal that the administration of President Donald Trump is seeking to put more pressure on Iran while keeping in place the agreement between Tehran and six world powers to curb its nuclear program in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions.

The U.S. government said it was targeting 18 entities and people for supporting what it said was "illicit Iranian actors or transnational criminal activity."

With reporting by Reuters, AFP
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