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Iran says it will retaliate against any new USA sanctions

14 January 2018

The U.S. President Donald Trump once again had to extend waivers that are mandatory under the deal reached between Iran and world powers, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The analyst detailed that the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned a total of 14 Iranian officials and companies on Friday, including the head of Iran's judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani.

According to various reports, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said that Trump's decision crossed a red line and warrants a serious response.

Russian Federation says Washington would be making a grave mistake by pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, adding that Moscow would work hard to keep the landmark agreement alive. That's not to mention guaranteed skepticism of any changes to the nuclear deal from liberals who hailed the agreement that former President Barack Obama reached to curtail Tehran's nuclear program.

The US sanctions also targeted two other Iranian officials whom the administration said are responsible for ordering abuses against citizens, including the denial of medical care and access to legal representation for protesters in Iranian jails.

Earlier in October, Trump has threatened to terminate the 2015 Iran nuclear deal if Congress and U.S. allies fail to amend the agreement by fixing serious flaws in significant ways.

The signatories of the accord were the US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the EU.

"This is the 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.

The JCPOA aimed to gradually lift economic and diplomatic sanctions on Tehran in exchange for Iran ending its nuclear program.

However, Iran disagreed with Trump that its long-range ballistic missile program could be sanctioned under the terms of the current deal.

Iran said on Saturday it would retaliate against the new sanctions, although it did not specify how.

The 2015 Iran nuclear deal was struck between the USA, under the administration of former President Barack Obama, Iran and five other countries.

The U.S. Congress requires the president to decide periodically whether to certify Iran's compliance with the deal and issue a waiver to allow U.S sanctions to remain suspended.

Iran says its nuclear programme has only peaceful aims and says it will stick to the accord as long as others respect it.

Trump will next have to deal with these decisions in 120 days, in mid-May.

During that four-month period, he wants Congress and America's main European allies to draw up a new deal - without negotiating with Teheran - to replace the "disastrous flaws" in the current agreement.

Trump wants them to help the United States devise a new agreement created to prevent Iran from escalating nuclear activity again next decade, as permitted under the 2015 arrangement reached by former President Barack Obama. (Incomprehensibly, the deal allowed them to do this.) Beyond that, the Iranians are buddies with the North Koreans.

United Nations inspectors have certified Iran's compliance with the deal nine times, most recently in November.

"This could be one of Washington's big foreign policy mistakes, a big miscalculation in American policy", he said. My policy is to deny Iran all paths to a nuclear weapon-not just for ten years, but forever.

Iran says it will retaliate against any new USA sanctions