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Pyongyang slams new U.S. law on sanctions as 'criminal act'

06 August, 2017, 00:27 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Iran President Hassan Rouhani vows to end isolation as he begins his second term

Iran said Thursday that new U.S. sanctions were a violation of its nuclear deal with world powers, piling pressure on President Hassan Rouhani as he started his second term.

Hassan Rouhani has been sworn in for a second term after a landslide victory over his conservative opponent in the country's May election.

However, ahead of the ceremony Mr Rouhani accused the United States of undermining the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

Rohani is due to take the oath of office at the Iranian parliament on August 5. He pointed out that the nuclear agreement was a step towards the rebuilding of the Iranian economic system.

High Representative Mogherini is in Tehran to attend the inaugural ceremony of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

That resolution was adopted in July 2015 to endorse a nuclear agreement between Iran and six other countries, including the three European states.

"The world should know that any breach of the deal will face a unified reaction of the Iranian nation and government". According to Rouhani, the Trump and Obama administrations "became addicted to the policies of sanctions and threats, policies that are illegal and ineffective, thus showing the world that they are unreliable".

Iran criticised the position adopted by European governments against its missile tests, during a visit by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Saturday.

In the May 19 polls, Rouhani clinched 23.5 million votes out of some 41 million ballots cast, beating out hardline rival Ebrahim Raisi, who secured 38.5 percent of the vote. Further complicating matters, US President Donald Trump has openly discouraged foreign investment in Iran and signed new sanctions on Wednesday.

Iranian officials say they have prepared a 16-point document for how they will respond to the new sanctions, without giving any details.

Tehran's pursuit of ballistic missiles, controversial nuclear program, support for proxies across the Middle East and fueling sectarian strife has gained widespread attention across the worldwide community.

Also, Rouhani said the United States is not a trustable country to work with over worldwide issues.

Rouhani said: "We can not remain silent about the thing which is apparently damaging our environment such as the establishment of several dams in Afghanistan like Kajaki, Kamal Khan and Salma in the north and south of Afghanistan".



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