Larijani: Sanctions Not Without Cost for US

Larijani: Sanctions Not Without Cost for USLarijani: Sanctions Not Without Cost for US

Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani denounced the US Senate's adoption of new sanctions on Iran, saying the new restrictions against Tehran will not be without cost for Washington.

Last month, the senate voted for a bill to impose new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program, the alleged support for terrorism and human rights violations. The bill would become law if passed in the House of Representatives and signed by US President Donald Trump.

Addressing the administrative council of Gilan Province on Thursday, Larijani said US officials "might suppose they could put up new roadblocks for Iran, but it is not like that they would impose cost on us without paying anything themselves", Press TV reported.

Iranian officials say the new US restrictions violate a landmark nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, to which the US is a party.

Under the 2015 nuclear deal signed between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council—the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China—plus Germany, Iran undertook to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions.

The top parliamentarian also touched on foreign-backed terrorism plaguing the region and said the scourge had backfired on its supporters.

"Support for terrorism, including financial assistance, although it was harmful to us over the past decades, has also afflicted its sponsors," Larijani said.

"Certain countries' support for terrorism does not pertain to the recent one or two years. It has been for decades that big powers and some regional countries have been using pressure and terrorism [against Iran]."

Larijani said, "Such measures did not affect the Islamic Republic, because we aptly managed and resolved these problems with appropriate decisions."


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