Iran has continued to pursue nuclear weapons, despite last year's international nuclear agreement to the contrary. Now, Congress has renewed sanctions against the Islamic Republic, and The Times of Israel reports that this has angered Iranian officials:
Iran on Friday slammed a decision by US lawmakers to renew a decades-old sanctions law, saying it violates the 2015 nuclear agreement it signed with the Obama administration and six other world powers and promising an “appropriate” response.
“As repeatedly stated by high-ranking Iranian officials, the recent bill passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate to renew sanctions against Iran is against the (nuclear deal),” Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said.
“Iran has proved that it sticks to its international agreements but it also has appropriate responses for all situations.”
Ghasemi also said the ministry would report the vote “to Iran’s committee assigned for monitoring the implementation of the deal,” Reuters said.
The Senate moved decisively Thursday to renew the sanctions law, which lawmakers said gives the United States the clout to punish Tehran should it fail to live up to the terms of the landmark nuclear deal.
Senators passed the bill unanimously, 99-0, two weeks after the House also approved the legislation by an overwhelming margin of 419-1.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned ahead of Thursday’s vote that any renewal of the sanctions would violate the nuclear agreement and be met with a “definite” response from Tehran...