Iran responds to sanctions, votes on bill to monitor US 'terror'

The measure is a response to the United States' recent imposition of sanctions against Tehran's development of non-nuclear missile defense systems.

Iran has rejected the recently imposed U.S. sanctions against them, as well as U.S. President Donald Trump's accusations that they are not in compliance with 2015's nuclear deal, and is planning to take retaliatory measures against U.S. “acts of terrorism,” and regional “adventurism.”

The Iranian Parliamentary body is preparing to vote on a bill which “takes into consideration the aspects of U.S. hostile measures in the region and their behavior in different areas... acts of terrorism and human rights violations will be put under close monitoring,” Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, the spokesperson of the Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy said.

The bill would allocate funds to several Iranian state bodies to monitor, assess, and probe U.S. activity in the region.

The measure is a response to the United States' recent imposition of sanctions against Tehran's development of non-nuclear missile defense systems.

Iranian leadership says that the U.S.'s sanctions are a clear violation of 2015's Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) implemented by the United Nations Security Council. The “nuclear deal” placed restrictions on Iran's nuclear activities, in exchange for normalization of economic and political relations.

Speaking from his private golf club on Thursday, U.S. President Trump has accused Iran of not “living up to the spirit of the agreement,” which he called a “horrible agreement.” The president went on to allude to “very strong things” that will happen “if they [Iran] don't get themselves in compliance.”

The international agency responsible for ensuring compliance with the deal, the International Atomic Energy Agency, has repeatedly verified Iran's fulfillment with the agreement's terms. Iran has said that the non-nuclear missile defense program is fully within its rights to develop.

The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, said on Tuesday during on interview with al-Mayadeen news network that the U.S. sanctions are an attemp to undermine the deal, and that the U.S. will be the only one to suffer should they try and withdraw from it. The deal will continue regardless, he said, because all other major participants have continued to uphold it, including the European Union, China, and Russia.


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