Los Angeles Times: US should stop the games with Iran nuclear agreement

Marsha Scott
July 28, 2017

The US House of Representatives voted on July 25 to slap new sanctions on Iran, Russia and North Korea.

Both Russia and Iran responded angrily to the congressional move on Wednesday, warning of a "decisive response" should President Donald Trump grace the bill with his signature.

The U.S. action goes against commitments to carry out the 2015 nuclear accord "in good faith and in a constructive climate" and may ultimately "erode benefits Iran was to derive" from the deal, state-run Iranian Students' News Agency cited Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi as saying Wednesday.

He pointed out that the Iranian Shura Council is considering a set of new measures to counter the new United States sanctions against Iran, adding "we can change the situation quickly". "However, President Donald Trump's administration is following up on the policy of changing Iran's global and regional policies more aggressively through building up pressure on Tehran - because, maybe, Trump needs a scape goat for the case when his policy within the U.S. dead ends", he said.

But it also said the regime was not embracing the "spirit" of the agreement, and coupled the certification with the announcement of new sanctions against individuals and entities for supporting Iran's ballistic missile program and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). "That's why it is incompatible with various sections of the JCPOA which the USA has committed to implement with good intention and in a constructive atmosphere", he added.

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Araqchi said that the new sanctions are not related to the nuclear sphere, however the act can negatively influence the successful implementation of the July 2015 nuclear deal.

"Americans can not tolerate an independent and influential country (like Iran) in this sensitive region", he said.

The president also told The Wall Street Journal that he would be surprised if Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal when he should re-certify it in three months. But the Trump administration argues the nuclear deal was intended, in part, to provide Iran with a fresh start in the global community, in which it has operated as a rogue state since its Islamic revolution in 1979.

The expert touched upon the interests of the regional allies of the USA, such as Saudi Arabia and Israel, accusing them of making efforts to escalate disputes between Tehran and Washington, which eventually leads to the White House's stepping up pressure on Tehran.

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