News ID: 320804
Published: 0242 GMT April 05, 2022

Iran says new sanctions indicate U.S. ill will, lack of seriousness

Iran says new sanctions indicate U.S. ill will, lack of seriousness
EHSAN NADERIPOUR/IRNA

Political Desk

The recent imposition of new sanctions by the United States amid transparent negotiations in Vienna on the revival of a 2015 nuclear deal is indicative of Washington’s ill will and lack of seriousness, said the Iranian government’s spokesman.

Making the remarks in an address to a weekly press conference on Tuesday, Ali Bahadori Jahromi added the imposition of such sanctions is clearly indicative of the U.S. animosity toward the Iranian people, IRNA reported.

On March 30, the U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions on an individual and companies linked with him for providing assistance to Iran’s ballistic missile program, according to Press TV.

In its statement, the U.S. Treasury said the new sanctions target the companies that procured ballistic missile propellant-related materials for a unit of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) that is responsible for the research and development of ballistic missiles.

A day after that, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh slammed the newly-imposed sanctions as yet another sign of Washington’s ill intent in treating the Iranian nation, saying the move shows America misses no opportunity to exert pressure on the country.

Iran signed the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of ‎Action (JCPOA), with ‎the ‎world powers ‎in July 2015. ‎However, former ‎‎president ‎‎‎‎‎Donald ‎Trump pulled ‎‎‎the United States ‎out ‎of the ‎‎agreement in May ‎‎‎‎‎‎2018 ‎‎‎and ‎‎‎‎‎reimposed Washington’s ‎unilateral ‎‎sanctions on ‎‎‎Tehran, prompting the Islamic ‎Republic, after a year of strategic patience, to reduce some of its nuclear commitments under the agreement in ‎retaliation.‎

Since April 2021, several rounds of talks have been held in the Austrian capital ‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎Vienna between Iran and the ‎‎‎‎‎‎remaining JCPOA parties, namely China, Russia, Britain, ‎France and Germany, to ‎revive the deal. ‎

Iran insists ‎on obtaining guarantees that ‎‎the succeeding U.S. ‎governments would ‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎not drop the deal ‎again ‎‎‎and calls for ‎the ‎‎lifting of the sanctions ‎in a verifiable ‎‎‎‎‎‎‎manner.

 

 

   
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Resource: IRNA
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