Published: Mon, December 05, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Iran condemns US senate vote to extend sanctions

Marathon negotiations past year concluded with the US and five other world powers agreeing to lift sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic's banking and energy sector in exchange for Iran curtailing its nuclear program.

The extension of sanctions passed on Thursday now goes to the White House for U.S. President Barack Obama to sign into law.

US Lawmakers said the extension would make it easier for sanctions to be reimposed if Iran violated the nuclear settlement. The bill's backers say extending the law allows the punish Tehran should the country fail to live up to the terms of the landmark nuclear deal.

Ghasemi added Iran is "carefully monitoring the USA behavior in that regard" and that the ministry will "present a complete report to the supervisory committee on implementation of the nuclear accord in order to make a decision and take appropriate measures".

Zarif, who arrived in New Delhi to participate in the Heart of Asia Conference in Amritsar, said the US Senate's Thursday vote to extend the Iran Sanctions Act has no executive value, Press TV reported.

Trump could exert influence over Tehran, it added, without alienating allies in Europe by scrapping last year's historic nuclear deal.

The newspaper's report came a day after the Senate unanimously voted to renew the Iran Sanctions Act, due to expire at the end of 2016, for 10 years.

Three Democratic senators rejected the claim by the Iranian officials that the sanctions would violate the JCPOA.

"We believe that the recent vote by the US Congress is in contradiction with the JCPOA and it breaches the deal", IRNA news agency quoted President Rouhani as saying this morning.

In early November, a USA official said the Iran nuclear deal would fall apart if a U.S. administration walked away from it, as Trump has vowed to do.

"We'll take a look at the bill that's been passed", Earnest said.

But administration officials, concerned about how Iran would react and the potential impact on smooth implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, have argued that ISA extension is unnecessary, arguing that the administration already has the necessary authorities to extend existing sanctions on Iran, or impose additional ones.

Iran considers India as an important trade partner, Zarif said, adding that Tehran seeks to expand its friendly relations with New Delhi.

"My sense is a desire to move a comprehensive Iran sanctions bill, but I think the design of most of those bills, and design of any comprehensive bill, is going to focus on Iran's non-nuclear activities", Dubowitz said.

Citing what he called a continuing "pattern" of Iranian aggression, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said ISA extension was critical.

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