Iran vows to re­tal­i­ate against US sanc­tions

The Gulf Today - - MIDDLE EAST -

MOSCOW: Iran said on Satur­day it would re­tal­i­ate against new sanc­tions im­posed by the United States af­ter Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump set an ul­ti­ma­tum to ix “dis­as­trous laws” in a deal curb­ing Tehran’s nu­clear pro­gramme.

De­scrib­ing sanc­tions against Lar­i­jani as “hos­tile ac­tion,” Iran’s For­eign Min­istry said the move “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,” state me­dia re­ported.

It did not spec­ify what any re­tal­i­a­tion might in­volve.

Iran says its nu­clear pro­gramme has only peace­ful aims and says it will stick to the ac­cord as long as oth­ers re­spect it. But it has said it would “shred” the deal if Wash­ing­ton quit.

Se­nior US ad­min­is­tra­tion oficials told re­porters Trump would work with Euro­peans on a fol­low-on deal to en­shrine trig­gers that the Iranian govern­ment could not ex­ceed re­lated to bal­lis­tic mis­siles.

Repub­li­can Se­na­tor Bob Corker said “sig­ni­icant progress” had been made on bi­par­ti­san con­gres­sional leg­is­la­tion to ad­dress “laws in the agree­ment with­out vi­o­lat­ing US com­mit­ments.”

On Fri­day, Trump agreed to waive sanc­tions against Iran that were lifted as part of the in­ter­na­tional deal but said it would be the last time un­less con­di­tions were met to ix what he called “sig­ni­icant laws” in the deal. Trump threat­ened United States will with­draw from the deal.

Zarif re­sponded on Twit­ter that the deal­was­notrene­go­tiable­andthat­trump’s stance “amounts to desperate at­tempts to un­der­minea­solid­mul­ti­lat­er­ala­gree­ment.”

Trump, who has sharply crit­i­cised the deal­reached­in­barack­obama’spres­i­dency, had chafed at hav­ing to once again waive sanc­tions on a coun­try he sees as a threat in the Mid­dle East.

“De­spite my strong in­cli­na­tion, I have not yet with­drawn the United States from the Iran nu­clear deal,” Trump said in a state­ment, say­ing the op­tions were to ix “the deal’s dis­as­trous laws, or the United States will with­draw.”

“This is a last chance,” Trump said, push­ing for a sep­a­rate agree­ment and say­ing the United States would not waive sanc­tions again to keep Iran in the pact with­out such an agree­ment.

Trump laid out con­di­tions to keep Wash­ing­ton in the deal. Iran must al­low “im­me­di­atein­spec­tion­sa­tall­sites­re­quested by in­ter­na­tional in­spec­tors,” he said, and “sun­set” pro­vi­sions im­pos­ing lim­its on Iran’s nu­clear pro­gramme must not ex­pire.

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