Iran accuses Washington of violating the nuclear deal, Rohani takes office

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A senior Iranian official says the country will meet Washington's breach of the 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world countries, including the United States, with a set of "coordinated" countermeasures.

"At the same time, Western officials say some of the missiles, which have been tested by Iran after the 2015 nuclear deal, have been inherently capable of delivering nuclear weapons and are in defiance of the United Nations resolution", he said.

Concluded in July 2015 between Tehran and the major powers (Usa, France, Uk, Russia, China, and Germany), the nuclear deal provides for Iran to limit its nuclear program to civilian purposes in exchange for the gradual lifting of global sanctions. It lifted nuclear related sanctions on Iran, which, in turn, put certain limits on its nuclear work.

Iran threatens to retaliate against the new USA sanctions that President Trump signed into law.

There was no immediate comment from Iran's United Nations mission.

"The US' main goal for imposing the sanctions against Iran is to destroy the JCPOA and we will react very intelligently to these measuresŲŒ" said Araghchi.

The senior Iranian official also said that in a committee chaired by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani several decisions were made over reactions towards Washington's provocative measuresŲŒ which will be duly handed over to the Iranian Foreign Ministry and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Iran has maintained that their non-nuclear development of ballistic missiles is within the bounds of the agreement.

"There are a lot of alternative means with which we use the agreement to advance our policies and the relationship with Iran, and that's what the conversation generally is around with the president as well", Tillerson said.

Western countries fear that Iran's Simorgh space launch vehicle could be used as a nuclear missile.

The sanctions impose penalties on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program, enforce an arms embargo and apply terrorism sanctions to Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard.

Trump signed off the new sanctions - which also target Russian Federation and North Korea - on Wednesday.

He stressed that Tehran reserves the right to respond to Washington's anti-Iran measures, adding that a series of the country's reciprocal measures will be announced by the parliament and the administration soon.

"As long as we allow the Iranian regime to violate this council's prohibitions with impunity, it will be a source of weapons to terrorist groups that will only grow in volume and destructive capability", Haley warned.

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