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Iran says new US sanctions damage ties, violate 2015 nuclear pact

The statement came after the US imposed new sanctions against Iran, a day after Washington said Tehran was complying with the 2015 nuclear deal signed with six other nations.

world Updated: Jul 19, 2017 09:43 IST
Indo Asian News Service, Tehran
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Iranian flag (R) and US flag during the Iran nuclear talks at the Vienna International Center in Austria in 2015. (File)

The new sanctions against Iran by the US are damaging already frayed Tehran-Washington ties, and violate the 2015 nuclear pact, Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

Zarif’s statement came after the US on Tuesday imposed new sanctions against Iran, a day after Washington said Tehran was complying with the 2015 nuclear deal signed with six other nations.

The administration of US President Donald Trump said it was imposing new economic sanctions against Iran over the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missile programme, Press TV reported.

“It violates the spirit of the deal. We will see whether it violates the letter of the deal, and we will act accordingly,” said Zarif.

Zarif said the US was trying to “poison the international atmosphere” with the fresh sanctions.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the US, Britain, France, China and Russia - plus Germany signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in July 2015, under which limits were put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the removal of sanctions.

Zarif said that instead of sanctioning countries which support terrorism in the Middle East, Trump continues to insist the nuclear pact is a bad deal.

First Published: Jul 19, 2017 09:42 IST