Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Iran Vows To Continue Missile Program With 'Full Power', Complains To UNSC Over New U.S. Sanctions

Iran vows to continue missile program 'with full power'

Iran on Saturday condemned new sanctions passed by the US Congress against its missile program, which US President Donald Trump is set to sign into law, and vowed to continue it.
“We will continue with full power our missile program,” foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told state broadcaster IRIB.

“We consider the action by the US as hostile, reprehensible and unacceptable, and it’s ultimately an effort to weaken the nuclear deal,” Ghasemi added, referring to a 2015 agreement with the United States and other world powers that lifted some sanctions on Tehran.

“The military and missile fields… are our domestic policies and others have no right to intervene or comment on them.
“We reserve the right to reciprocate and make an adequate response to the US actions,” he said.

 Iran has complained to the UN Security Council over the latest US sanctions imposed on Tehran.

The semi-official Tasnim news agency said Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani announced the complaint on Tuesday, though it’s unclear what Iran expects the United Nations would do.

The move came after the US Senate approved sanctions on Friday against Iran for launching a satellite-carrying rocket into space.

The US 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. It now goes to US President Donald Trump for signing.

Iran has said the US legislation amounts to a “hostile” breach of a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

“Iran’s JCPOA supervisory body assessed the new US sanctions (on Tehran) and decided that they contradict parts of the nuclear deal,” speaker of the Iranian parliament Ali Larijani was quoted by the Tasnim news agency as having said.

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