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Khamenei's Advisor: U.S. Has Violated The Nuclear Deal

Ali Akbar Velayati, advisor to Iran's supreme leader, undated.
Ali Akbar Velayati, advisor to Iran's supreme leader, undated.

In a letter to the High Representative of the European Union for foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, Iran’s Foreign ministry has accused the United States of violating of Tehran’s nuclear deal signed in Vienna, Ali Akbar Velayati reported. The letter specifically mentions clauses 26, 27 and 28.

Velayati, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s adviser in international affairs, in an interview on Tuesday with Iran’s national radio and TV news website, IRIB, said, “The Europeans have also confirmed that Americans have breached the deal.”

The Supreme Leader’s adviser did not mention the names of the “Europeans”.

The European Union officials have not yet publicly commented on the issue, as well.

However, three days ago Iran’s official News Agency, IRNA, quoted an Iranian official as saying, “EU, China and Russia do not believe that the recent U.S. Senate bill for imposing new sanctions on Tehran does not breach the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA.”

The 100-member Senate backed the measure by a margin of 98-2.

Republican Senator Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, were the only two "no" votes.

The bill includes new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program, human rights violations and other activities not related to the international nuclear agreement reached with the United States and other world powers.

To become law, the legislation (Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Actions) must pass the House of Representatives and be signed by President Donald Trump. House aides said they expected the chamber would begin to debate the measure in the coming weeks, although they could not predict when it might put to a final vote.

Immediately after the Senate’s vote the Iranian parliament reported that its National Security and Foreign Policy Commission is preparing a bill to retaliate.

"The U.S. Senate’s move is undoubtedly in breach of both the spirit and the letter of the nuclear deal," insisted Ali Akbar Velayati, the senior foreign policy adviser to the Supreme Leader.

He said, "The Iranian committee tasked with monitoring the accord will certainly examine the congressional move and come up with a decent response."

Under the deal, Iran agreed to slow down its nuclear program in return for an end to economic and financial sanctions.

Velayati, a former foreign minister who currently heads the strategic research center of the Expediency Council, also said, "America is trying to cover up the repeated defeats it has suffered from Iran in Iraq and Syria.”