Iran says it will re­tal­i­ate against ‘hos­tile’ US sanc­tions

Fiji Sun - - World News - Tehran:

Iran has vowed to fight back against sanc­tions im­posed on its ju­di­ciary head by the US, as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump steps up ef­forts to “fix” a nu­clear deal be­tween Tehran and ma­jor pow­ers.

Mr Trump on Fri­day said that he would waive nu­clear sanc­tions against Iran for the last time to give Wash­ing­ton and its Euro­pean al­lies a chance to fix the “ter­ri­ble flaws” of the 2015 nu­clear deal. Wash­ing­ton also an­nounced sanc­tions against 14 en­ti­ties and peo­ple, in­clud­ing the head of Iran’s ju­di­ciary, Ay­a­tol­lah Sadeq Lar­i­jani.

“The Trump regime’s hos­tile ac­tion [against Lar­i­jani] … crossed all red lines of con­duct in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and is a vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional law and will surely be an­swered by a se­ri­ous re­ac­tion of the Is­lamic Repub­lic,” Iran’s For­eign Min­istry said in a state­ment car­ried by state me­dia.

Iran’s For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif said on

Twit­ter, Mr Trump’s de­ci­sion un­der­mined the mul­ti­lat­eral agree­ment.

Iran said it would not ac­cept any changes to its 2015 nu­clear deal with world pow­ers.

In a state­ment car­ried by the staterun IRNA news agency, the For­eign Min­istry said Iran “will not ac­cept any change in the deal, nei­ther now nor in future” adding that it will “not take any ac­tion be­yond its com­mit­ments”.

It also said Iran would not al­low the deal to be linked to other is­sues, after Mr Trump sug­gested that the sanc­tions re­lief un­der the deal be tied to Iran lim­it­ing its lon­grange bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­gramme.

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