Iran ‘will re­tal­i­ate’ if US re­news sanc­tions

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Iran will re­tal­i­ate if the United States re­news sanc­tions next month, supreme leader Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei warned yes­ter­day. “In the issue of the nu­clear deal, the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion has com­mit­ted sev­eral vi­o­la­tions, the latest of which is the re­newal of the 10-year sanc­tions,” Khamenei said in a tele­vised speech to thou­sands of mem­bers of the Basij Is­lamist vol­un­teer mili­tia. “If these sanc­tions hap­pen, it is ab­so­lutely a breach of the JCPOA,” he added, re­fer­ring to last year’s deal with world pow­ers un­der which sanc­tions were eased in ex­change for curbs to Iran’s nu­clear pro­gram. “They must know that the Is­lamic repub­lic will re­act against it.” The US Congress last week voted to re­new long-stand­ing sanc­tions linked to Iran’s bal­lis­tic mis­sile tests and hu­man rights record that pre-date the con­tro­versy around Iran’s nu­clear am­bi­tions. The 10-year sanc­tions must still be ap­proved by the Se­nate and Pres­i­dent Barack Obama by the end of the year.

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