TEHRAN(Basirat): Iran’s foreign ministry has issued a statement on the US administration’s extension of waivers of Iran nuclear sanctions and imposition of a series of new sanctions on certain Iranian companies and individuals.
On Friday, Trump extended waivers of key economic sanctions on Iran
for another 120 days but said he was doing so "for the last time.” Trump
also ordered the imposition of new sanctions on 14 individuals and
entities over alleged rights abuses, censorship, and support for weapons
In reaction to the move, the Iranian foreign ministry issued the following statement on Saturday:
In the Name of God,
On Friday, January 12, 2018, the president of the United States, in
spite of his one-year efforts to terminate the nuclear deal, was once
again forced to extend the binding sanctions relief for Iran called for
under the JCPOA. The solidity of the deal and the international support
for this agreement have made it tough for Donald Trump, the Zionist
regime, and the sinister alliance of belligerent extremists to nullify
the agreement or make changes to it.
However, the US president continues to take hostile actions against
the Iranian people based on his past-year approach and repeats the
threats that he has failed to carry out many times. While Trump is
forced to carry out the binding measures included in the JCPOA, he is
continuing his past year’s approach, and in order to show his hostility
towards the great Iranian nation, he has put some Iranian and
non-Iranian individuals on the sanctions list out of desperation under
illegal, worn-out, and ridiculous pretexts so as to make up for at least
part of his failures.
The Islamic Republic of Iran, while condemning US threats and the
addition of new people to the sanctions list, underlines the following
- The Islamic Republic of Iran, together with other parties to the
JCPOA and the international community, has repeatedly emphasized that
the nuclear deal is a credible international document and cannot be
renegotiated in any way.
- The Islamic Republic of Iran explicitly stresses that it will not
carry out anything beyond its obligations in the JCPOA, and will not
accept any changes in this agreement now or in the future. Moreover, it
will not allow that the nuclear accord would be linked to any other
- The US government, like other parties to the deal, is obliged to
fulfil all its obligations, and if it fails to comply with its
obligations under false pretexts, it should be fully held accountable
for the consequences.
- Over the course of two years after the signing of the deal, the US
government has always been violating various parts of the agreement by
breaking its pledges and through procrastination and hostile policies.
Trump’s past-year policy and Friday’s announcement violates the deal’s
paragraphs 26, 28, and 29, and the Islamic Republic of Iran will follow
up this blatant violation and report it to the JCPOA Joint Commission.
- The decision of the US regime to add a number of Iranian and
non-Iranian nationals to its self-created and illegitimate sanctions
list is merely a proof of the continuation of US administration’s
hostility towards the great nation of Iran.
- The hostile and illegal move by the Trump regime in placing the name
of Iran’s Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani in the
so-called new US sanctions list shows that Washington has crossed all
the red lines of conduct in the international community. It is a
violation of international law and a breach of bilateral and
international obligations of the United States, which will surely face
the strong reaction of the Islamic Republic, and the US will be
responsible for all the consequences of this hostile move.
- Referring to the lofty concept of human rights to boycott Iranian
authorities and citizens by a regime, whose most important allies are
the worst violators of human rights and humanitarian law in the
contemporary history, is a disgrace to civilized nations and a shame for
modern rule, especially when they are imposed by a person obsessed with
racist and anti-foreigner mentality whose recent indecent racist
remarks against various nations has stirred hatred in the international
community and among the American people; a person who has sold billions
of dollars in weapons to massacre innocent people in the Middle East and
considers provocation of violence and chaos as his honor.
- Over the past decades, the US has always had the world’s worst
record in suppressing liberal nations and supporting repressive regimes,
including unconditional support for the oppressive regime of Shah and
the coup against the democratically-elected government of the Iranian
people. It is also supporting the occupying, aggressive and repressive
regimes, such as the Zionist regime and its regional allies, from the
occupied Palestinian territories to Bahrain and Yemen. On the one hand,
Washington sheds crocodile tears and claims to be advocating the human
rights of the Iranian people using empty slogans and false allegations
and, on the other hand, by imposing cruel sanctions, banning the entry
of Iranian citizens into that country and other insulting behaviors,
calls the civilized Iranian nation "terrorists”.
- Imposing illegal sanctions and the hostile statements and moves of
the US government against the Iranian authorities and the Iranian
nation, which are rooted in the despotic and hegemonic nature of
American rulers, have always been considered a failed and discredited
policy for public opinion and the vigilant people of Iran and the world.
Such actions are due to the country’s frustration with the vigilance of
the Iranian nation in confrontation with the interventionist measures
designed to create turmoil and crisis in the Islamic Republic of Iran
over the past decades, and especially during the recent events.
- The United States must learn that all the three powerful branches of
the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Establishment, which enjoy the support
of the great nation of Iran, unanimously do not pay attention to these
kinds of double standards and hostile policies against their country,
and will respond appropriately to such hostile US actions in due time.