Iran MPs mull countermeasures against U.S. sanctions bill: Lawmaker

Mohammed Mossadegh speaks during his military tribunal trial in Iran in November 1953 following his overthrow in a CIA-backed coup

Mohammed Mossadegh speaks during his military tribunal trial in Iran in November 1953 following his overthrow in a CIA-backed coup

Whether the U.S. senate bill will accommodate Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or not needs careful review, former Iranian nuclear negotiator said, adding that the officials and institutions in charge of monitoring the JCPOA have done or will do the required investigation to see whether the new United States sanctions violate the nuclear deal or not.

"The U.S. Senate's recent approval of (new) sanctions against Iran is undoubtedly in clear violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and contrary to its text and spirit", said Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Committee.

Back on Thursday, the US Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill that would step up sanctions against Iran and Russian Federation.

Tehran "will take reciprocal and adequate measures to guarantee its national interests", foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi said, quoted by ISNA news agency.

The legislation still must pass the Republican-led House of Representatives and be signed by President Donald Trump to become law.

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He noted that the US Senate's new move was not "unpredictable" due to the history of Washington's enmity toward the noble Iranian nation, adding it is in line with the US acts of hostility toward the Islamic Republic. The measure, passed by a vote of 98 to 2, includes new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program and alleged "continued support for terrorism".

Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on global affairs, said the US Senate's move is "unquestionably in breach of both the spirit and the letter of the JCPOA", referring to the July 2015 deal officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

"Given that this global document has been signed by all permanent members of the UN Security Council, Germany and the European Union, these countries must also protest at the U.S. move and its lack of commitment [to its obligations under the JCPOA]", Boroujerdi added.

He said, "No measure will be able to deny the Islamic Republic of Iran from its legitimate defense right".

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