JCPOA Not to Change US Hostile Policies

JCPOA Not to Change US Hostile Policies JCPOA Not to Change US Hostile Policies

A high-ranking diplomat said Tehran does not expect Washington to abandon hostile policies against Iran following the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the formal name of the nuclear deal reached last July between Iran and the world powers, including the US.

Foreign Ministry's Director General for Political and International Security Affairs Hamid Baeidinejad also said on Saturday the nuclear deal is only about Iran's nuclear program and its effect would be limited, Mehr News Agency reported.

He was taking about Washington's recent moves against Iran, including a US Congress law restricting visa-free travel rights for people who have visited Iran, a measure that Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif termed "a breach of the nuclear deal" if implemented, while US Secretary of State John Kerry assured Zarif that it will not harm Iran's interests.

Baeidinejad said Tehran is waiting to see what the US would actually do.

"If Iran finds out that what the US has done is in breach of the deal, it would take reciprocal actions," he said.

A special committee has been formed at Iran's Supreme National Security Council to oversee the implementation of the deal and take action about possible violations of the deal by the other side, especially the US. In a separate development, the US is trying to seize the assets of the Central Bank of Iran, a non-governmental body, over the Iranian government's alleged support for terrorism.

Baeidinejad said the US move to seize CBI assets is not in breach of the JCPOA, while it is another example of the US hostility.

The Wall Street Journal also reported last week that Washington is preparing sanctions against nearly a dozen companies and individuals for their role in developing Iran's ballistic missile program, while it later said the White House has delayed imposing those sanctions.

The moves come as the deal heads toward Implementation Day, when the nuclear-related sanctions against Iran will be lifted. Some US officials have suggested that Implementation Day likely will not occur until mid-2016.

Baeidinejad said Iran is preparing the ground for the day and hoped that it would be sometime in the next two weeks.