Iran’s top leader pledges to continue missile program

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Roji Kurd: Iran on Thursday 3.8.017, claimed the latest US sanctions against the country go against the spirit of the 2015 nuclear agreement.

“We believe that the nuclear deal has been violated and we will react appropriately,” Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi told state television. “We will certainly not fall into the trap of US policy and Trump, and our reaction will be very carefully considered.”

“We believe that the nuclear deal has been violated and we will react,” said deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi on state television, following news that U.S. President Donald Trump had signed the new sanctions into law.

Araghchi said Iran had drawn up a list of 16 measures, but he did not elaborate beyond saying that some would improve Iran’s armed forces.

Araghchi said Iran has prepared a list of 16 measures Iran would take against the U.S. action. He did not elaborate, but said some measures “improve” Iran’s armed forces.

Washington will “use any excuse to make a fuss” against Iran, said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaking at a ceremony marking the formal endorsement of President Hassan Rouhani for his second term in office.

“You launch a satellite-carrying missile, they make noise,” he said, describing the Iranian launch as a “scientific and technical job that is routine and necessary.”

“The response to the hostility is to become stronger,” Khamenei added and described the U.S. government as “the top aggressor and the most shameless “enemy of Iran.

“Some have sharply applied hostility (against Iran), like those who today are in office in the U.S.,” Khamenei said, without mentioning Trump or the U.S. president’s signing of the legislation on Wednesday.

The sanctions impose penalties on people involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program, enforce an arms embargo and apply terrorism sanctions to Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard.

  US President Donald Trump signed the measures into law on Wednesday, which target Iran’s missile program and human rights violations, neither of which were covered by the deal.

The U.S. legislation imposes mandatory penalties on people involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them. It would also apply terrorism sanctions to Iran’s prestigious Revolutionary Guard and enforce an arms embargo.

 

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