Tehran, June 17: Iran on Friday acting tough condemned new sanctions adopted by the US Senate and vowed to respond with "reciprocal and adequate measures". Notably, the US Senate on Thursday passed tough sanctions against Iran for its alleged continued support of terrorism.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Ghassem said Tehran will take reciprocal and adequate measures to guarantee its national interests. Ghassemi also retorted that the measure against Iran's ballistic missile programme was "totally illegal and illegitimate".
Meanwhile, Ali Akbar Velayati who is a senior adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said, “The U.S. Senate’s move is unquestionably in breach of both the spirit and the letter of the nuclear deal.” “The Iranian committee tasked with monitoring the accord will certainly examine the congressional move and come up with a decent response,” Velayati added.
Earlier, the US Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed tough sanctions on Iran for its alleged “continued support of terrorism” and the bill has been sent to the House of Representatives for approval.
Importantly, the new restrictions impose mandatory sanctions on people involved with the Islamic republic’s ballistic missile program and those that transact with them. It also applies terrorism-related sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and re-enforces aspects of the arms embargo on Iran. Trump has already called the nuclear agreement between Tehran and US “the worst deal ever negotiated.”