Senate passes bill to impose new sanctions on Iran

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The bill, if ratified, will target the individuals and entities linked to Iran's missile activities.

Iran today condemned new sanctions adopted by the US Senate and vowed to respond with "reciprocal and adequate measures". Under the deal, officially known as the JCPOA, Iran agreed to slow down its nuclear program in return for the termination of economic and financial sanctions.

Officials have said the sanctions violate the spirit and content of the worldwide nuclear agreement signed between Iran and great powers.

The U.S. Senate's move to impose new sanctions on Iran is an "unquestionable" violation of Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, Iranian officials said on June 16.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., introduced the bill, which now must pass in the House of Representatives and be signed by President Donald Trump before being enacted.

Qassemi said the USA government must comply with its commitments under the nuclear accord, noting Washington can not breach the global agreement.

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"The Iranian committee tasked with monitoring the accord will certainly examine the congressional move and come up with a decent response".

The new restrictions impose mandatory sanctions on people involved with the Islamic republic's ballistic missile programme and those that transact with them. Senators Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders were the only two "no" votes.

"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 U.S. move and its lack of commitment [to its obligations under the JCPOA]", Boroujerdi added. Meanwhile, the National Iranian American Council, which supports the nuclear deal, said the bill amounted to a "new toy" with which Trump could "wreak havoc" in the Middle East.

The US Senate's move is "unquestionably in breach of both the spirit and the letter of the JCPOA", said Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on global affairs, referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed upon by Iran and six major powers, including the US, in 2015.

Iranian Ambassador to London Hamid Baeedinejad said on Saturday that it is too soon to show reaction to the U.S. senate anti-Iranian bill, IRNA reported.

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