Iran Reserves Right to Respond to US Hostile Moves: Spokesman
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi slammed the United States’ move to impose fresh sanctions on the Islamic Republic, saying Iran will not remain silent over such measures that are in violation of the JCPOA.
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law a congressional sanctions bill that levies new sanctions against Iran, Russia and North Korea.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives had passed the bill in a 419-3 vote. The Senate also backed the bill by a margin of 98-2 last Thursday.
Qassemi described the move as yet another sign of US “unilateralism and irrational antagonism” against the Iranian nation and an insult to all noble people of the world.
He said the legislation, which has been criticized by different countries, including US allies, will affect the successful implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a nuclear agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) that came into force in January 2016.
He stressed that Tehran reserves the right to respond to Washington’s anti-Iran measures, adding that a series of the country’s reciprocal measures will be announced by the parliament and the administration soon.
Iran will “act in the right time with the necessary patience, composure and judiciousness and in line with the interests of the people and Iran’s national security,” he said.
“Undoubtedly, the Islamic Republic of Iran will not fall into the trap of plots hatched by the ominous triangle of arrogant powers, Zionism and Wahhabi terrorism,” Qassemi underscored.