Iran threatens to seriously respond to U.S. sanctions against judiciary head

Iran calls fresh US sanctions illegal, hostile

"I also would like to stress that China is always opposed to the unilateral sanctions imposed by relevant countries [primarily, the United States - TASS] on other countries in accordance with their domestic laws".

His decision will keep the 2015 nuclear deal alive for the time being.

"The Trump regime's hostile action....crossed all red lines of conduct in the global community and is a violation of worldwide law and will surely be answered by a serious reaction of the Islamic Republic", the Iranian foreign ministry said in a statement.

"We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror and the very real threat of Iran's nuclear breakout", Trump said at the time, adding that the deal would be under "continuous review" and that he reserved the right to leave it at any time. During Barack Obama's presidency, these penalties largely cut Iran out of the global financial system, until they were suspended under the nuclear deal. "Of course we would not like such a thing to happen as we made a lot of effort to achieve the JCPOA", said Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, at the time.

Iran has said its nuclear program is strictly for peaceful uses. "Staying in this deal, which is a strong one, is vital to enhancing America's, and the world's, security, and avoiding a nuclear arms race in the Middle East".

Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) didn't like the idea of waiving Iran's nuclear sanctions.

But the European parties to the deal and China and Russian Federation, the two other parties, have made it clear that they will not reopen negotiations into the deal, which they say is working as it is; and Trump's demands could thus only be addressed by domestic U.S. law, with no jurisdiction over Iran or the IAEA, and with no direct effect on the JCPOA. It also said Iran would not allow the deal to be linked to other issues, following the president's suggestion the deal be tied to Iran limiting its long-range ballistic missile program.

A decision to withhold a waiver would have effectively ended the deal between Iran, the United States, China, France, Russia, Britain, Germany and the European Union.

The U.S. Congress requires the president to decide periodically whether to certify Iran's compliance with the deal and issue a waiver to allow U.S sanctions to remain suspended.

"While Britain may move to support the US on this, Germany and France are likely to be strongly opposed", he said. Trump has repeatedly criticized the accord, while Iran has accused the US of failing to comply with it.

The president also wants the US Congress to amend a law on US participation in the nuclear deal, so that Washington can reimpose all sanctions if Iran breaches certain "trigger points". Other sanctions target suppliers of Iran's military and Iran's cybersecurity sector, which the administration officials said plays a central role in censorship in Iran.

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