Iran: Senate's sanctions show inherent hostility, despair


The representative of Iran's Leader at SNSC also referred to the recent move by the US Senate to approve new sanctions against Iran, and underlined that the committee to supervise the implementation of the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, known as JCPOA, has recently studied the sanctions bill carefully and made necessary decisions on Iran's countermeasures.

UNSC Resolution 2231 calls upon Iran "not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons".

The resolution calls upon Iran "not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology".

Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on global affairs, said the US Senate's move is "unquestionably in breach of both the spirit and the letter of the JCPOA", referring to the July 2015 deal officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Iran has repeatedly insisted that its missile program is purely defensive. They voted 98-2 in favor of the legislation.

Republican Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky and Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, were the only two people who voted against the bill.

A senior member of parliament on Saturday condemned the move, saying it's a "clear violation" of the nuclear deal.

Approval of new bill imposing sanctions on Iran's non-nuclear activities at the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee indicates their enmity and inborn hostilities against the Islamic republic, Qasemi was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency.

According to the draft, the parliament would put measures on its agenda to counter the U.S. violation of the 2015 nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the legislator said.

Washington has so far imposed two rounds of sanctions on Iran under the new U.S. administration over the country's missile program.

"Given that this global document has been signed by all permanent members of the UN Security Council, Germany and the European Union, these countries must also protest at the United States move and its lack of commitment [to its obligations under the JCPOA]", Boroujerdi added.

Also, the political director of the presidential office has censured the new sanctions, saying the move shows US opposition to democracy in Iran.