Reimposition of Sanctions Would Halt Nuclear Deal

Reimposition of Sanctions Would Halt Nuclear Deal Reimposition of Sanctions Would Halt Nuclear Deal

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned that the Islamic Republic will halt the implementation of last year's landmark nuclear agreement between Iran and major powers, if the US sanctions are reimposed on the country.

Zarif made the statement while addressing a meeting with Indian intellectuals and elites in New Delhi on Saturday, after the US Senate voted unanimously on Thursday to extend the Iran Sanctions Act for 10 years. 

The bill includes penalties against Iran's banking sector as well as its energy and defense industries. The bill needs to be signed into law by US President Barack Obama, Press TV reported.  

"If they [the US] return to sanctions, we will not remain committed to the agreement," the top Iranian diplomat said. He noted that the US Senate's extension of a piece of anti-Iran legislation "shows the incredibility of the US government".

"It is obvious that we have all options and alternatives in Iran [to respond to] the US violation of its commitments," Zarif said.

"The era of US hegemony has come to an end."

  Appropriate Measures 

Iran has vowed to take "appropriate measures" against the ISA extension, saying it violated the terms of the nuclear pact, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that no one is authorized to undermine the JCPOA signed following efforts by seven countries in line with the promotion of international peace and security.

"No country must be allowed to carry out a measure based on its own desires to weaken the agreement," the president said, urging all countries to safeguard the achievements of JCPOA.

Ali Akbar Salehi, the top Iranian nuclear official, who played a leading role in concluding the nuclear deal, said on Friday that the US move was a "blatant violation" of JCPOA.

Salehi, who heads the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, added that the Islamic Republic was fully prepared to respond to the US Senate's decision to extend the ISA but would act wisely and with prudence.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council—the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia—plus Germany started to implement the JCPOA on January 16.

Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limitations on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related bans imposed on Tehran.

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