• FM Spox condemns new US sanctions against Iran

The world reactions to the US withdrawal from the JCPOA showed their defeat and new sanctions imposed against Iran and putting Iran's Central Bank chief's name aims at compensating for that, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said.

'Iran considers the inappropriate policy and move as the continuation of the unwise behavior and inimical policies of the US against Iranian people, which has been in progress for the past few decades in different forms,' said Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi on Wednesday.

'Not only will such vindictive policies have no achievement for the US, but they will make the Iranian government and people more determined, patient and powerful to counter the US government actions", Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman.

Qasemi added that announcing new sanctions against Iran and putting the name of the head of the Iranian Central Bank in the sanctions list shows that the US has not reached its predetermined anti-Iranian goals.

The US government is now trying to influence other signatories to the deal through such destructive decisions, after it quit the deal unilaterally, which was a big mistake,' Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said.

Referring to the excessive demand of the US and the use of different techniques to bully others and raise its inappropriate expectations from others, he said that the world reactions to the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) clearly showed that the decision that was unwise, illogical and contrary to all the international rules and regulations.

'Such decision severely damaged the reputation of the US and will result in its isolation,' Qasemi added.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman also said that the US decision proved that the people of Iran have always been right to believe that the US in not trustable. 

The US has imposed sanctions against governor of Iran's central bank Valiollah Seif and Iraq-based Al-Bilad Islamic Bank for transferring “millions of dollars" for Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was reached between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- the US, Britain, France, Russia and China -- plus Germany.

Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.

Iran has said it would remain in the JCPOA for now, pending negotiations with the other signatories in the coming weeks before making a final decision on its future role in the agreement.

Tehran wants the Europeans to give it clear-cut guarantees about fulfilling their obligations if it remains in the accord.

May 16, 2018 16:16 Asia/Tehran
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