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[2018/01/13]

Iran slams US anti-Iran threats  

Iran slams US anti-Iran threats

Date: 2018/01/13

Tehran, Jan 13, IRNA – Iranian Foreign Ministry in a 10-point statement on Saturday condemned US threats against Iran and also sanctioning 14 other Iranian individuals and entities.

“Iran will not move beyond its commitments in Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and will accept no change in the letter and spirit of the nuclear accord,” the statement reads. 

US President Donald Trump, who had said his administration would decertify the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, decided on Friday to extend the sanctions waiver to the country for the third time as a part of the landmark deal officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

He claimed that this is the 'last time' that he certified the JCPOA unless the amendments that he had mentioned earlier be included to the landmark nuclear deal.

Trump set four conditions upon which he will be open to working with Congress on bipartisan legislation regarding Iran.

According to White House website, the four conditions are as follow:

“First, it [JCPOA] must demand that Iran allow immediate inspections at all sites requested by international inspectors.

'Second, it must ensure that Iran never even comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon.

'Third, unlike the nuclear deal, these provisions must have no expiration date. My policy is to deny Iran all paths to a nuclear weapon—not just for ten years, but forever.

'If Iran does not comply with any of these provisions, American nuclear sanctions would automatically resume.

Fourth, the legislation must explicitly state in United States law—for the first time—that long-range missile and nuclear weapons programs are inseparable, and that Iran’s development and testing of missiles should be subject to severe sanctions.”

Meanwhile, concurrent with Trump’s decision, US Department of the Treasury in an unfair and hostile move added 14 other Iranian individuals and institutes to the list of the sanctions under the pretest of human rights violation and involvement in missile program.

The blacklisted individuals and entities include Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli-Larijani; head of the Communications Company ‘Mowj-e Sabz’; Director of Rajaei Shahr Prison Gholamreza Ziaei; Iran Aviation Industries Organization; Company for Logistics and Renovation of Iranian Helicopters; IRGC Organization of Cyber Defense and Electronic Warfare; National Cyber Space Center; and Rajaei Shahr Prison and High Council of Cyber Space.

'Iran strongly announces that it will make no measure beyond its JCPOA commitments and will make no changes in the nuclear deal neither now nor in the future,' stressed the 10-point statement by the Foreign Ministry.

 

IRNA

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