Iran will re­spond in kind to US breaches of nu­clear deal, says Has­san Rouhani

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Tehran, Iran - Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani said on Wed­nes­day that Iran would re­spond in kind to any breach by the United States of the 2015 nu­clear deal af­ter the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives passed a new sanc­tions bill.

“If the en­emy steps over part of the agree­ment, we will do the same, and if they step over the en­tire deal, we will do the same too,” Rouhani said at a cab­i­net meet­ing aired by state broad­caster IRIB.

The Ira­nian par­lia­ment’s na­tional se­cu­rity and for­eign af­fairs com­mit­tee said it would hold an ex­tra­or­di­nary ses­sion on Satur­day to dis­cuss its re­sponse.

The par­lia­ment voted ear­lier this month to fast-track a bill in­tro­duced in June that would in­crease funds for Iran’s mis­sile pro­gramme and Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards.

“We must al­ways de­velop our de­fence ca­pa­bil­ity and we will strengthen our de­fen­sive weapons re­gard­less of the opin­ion of oth­ers,” Rouhani said.

The US House passed a new sanc­tions bill on Tues­day tar­get­ing Iran’s Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards, as well as Rus­sia and North Korea.

Iran’s deputy for­eign min­is­ter Ab­bas Araghchi said the bill was ‘very clearly a hos­tile mea­sure’ even if it was only ‘a com­pi­la­tion of pre­vi­ous US sanc­tions in the non-nu­clear fields’.

Araghchi led the ne­go­ti­at­ing team that reached the deal with world pow­ers in 2015 known as the JCPOA.

“The new US ad­min­is­tra­tion has been forced to con­firm Iran’s loy­alty to the deal twice within the past six months and it has had no other op­tion as the IAEA in var­i­ous re­ports has clearly ex­pressed Iran’s com­pli­ance with its com­mit­ments,” Araghchi said.

(AFP)

Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani chairs a cab­i­net meet­ing in Tehran

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