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‘US renewed sanctions on Iran to violate JCPOA’

The Senate side of the US Capitol is shown October 11, 2016 in Washington DC. (Photo by AFP)

The GOP-controlled US House of Representatives has passed a bill to renew sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is while US President Barack Obama has advised the Republican-dominated Senate not to impose more sanctions on Iran after the historic nuclear agreement between Tehran and the six world powers, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

A political analyst believes that imposing additional nuclear-related sanctions on Iran will be a violation of the JCPOA on the part of the United States.

“Although it is a multilateral [deal], but deviation from what has been agreed by an executive decision by President Obama would jeopardize the agreement,” Nader Bagherzadeh told Press TV in an interview on Wednesday.

However, he said, Washington can impose non-nuclear-related bans on Tehran, which most likely will happen in 2017 under a Republican president and Congress.   

He also opined that US President-elect Donald Trump’s remarks on Iran’s nuclear agreement will have a negative impact on the existing deal.

Bagherzadeh further stated that the Republican Party definitely understands the consequences of violating the nuclear agreement, adding that it has been getting feedback and advice from members of the Obama administration who have been involved in the negotiations.

“There is a letter signed by 76 experts saying that you should keep the agreement, do not violate it or do not disassociate [the US from] the agreement. So, there is a full understanding.There are a lot of consultations with the experts,” he said.

The analyst predicted that the United States will not try to dodge its JCPOA obligations, but it will impose new non-nuclear-related sanctions against Iran.  

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia – plus Germany started to implement the JCPOA on January 16.

Under the agreement, Iran undertook to put limitations on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related bans imposed against the country..




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