Iran threatens to retaliate against new US sanctions

Iran threatens to retaliate against new US sanctions

Iranian President Hassan Rohani says U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration have "failed to undermine" Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers and has praised the agreement as a "long-lasting victory" for Iran.

His comments on Sunday came just days after US President Donald Trump threatened to withdraw from the deal if its "disastrous flaws" were not fixed.

Information for this article was contributed by Anne Gearan, Carol Morello, Erin Cunningham, Bijan Sabbagh and Karoun Demirjian of The Washington Post and by Matthew Lee of The Associated Press.

The US, he said, is countering Iranian proxy wars in Yemen and Syria.

Robert Malley, who worked on the National Security Council under former President Barack Obama, said, "In a nutshell, he's saying, 'Kill the deal with me, or we'll kill it alone'". "Iran should be denied all paths to a nuclear weapon. forever".

Also blacklisted were Iran's cyberspace agency, which administration officials said restricts its citizens' access to the internet; Iranian defense industry firms that repair and maintain helicopters and aircraft; a Malaysia-based company that allegedly supports Iranian naval missile production; and a Chinese businessman who allegedly supplied financing and equipment to Iran's electronics industry. "They don't want to make themselves a target", said the Western trade official.

"Instead, it has served as a slush fund for weapons, terror, and oppression, and to further line the pockets of corrupt regime leaders". Macron "reaffirmed France's determination to see the agreement strictly enforced and the importance for all of its signatories to abide by it", his office said in a statement.

"This could be one of Washington's big foreign policy mistakes", he added.

The EU said in a statement it had taken note of Trump's decision and would assess its implications.

"Trump's policy & today's announcement amount to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement, maliciously violating its paras 26, 28 & 29".

Russia is widely accepted by U.S. intelligence agencies to have meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

But a European diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: "It's going to be complicated to save the deal after this".

Sticking with the deal but imposing new nonnuclear sanctions while seeking to change the agreement was a compromise position.

Ryabkov said the U.S. withdrawal from the deal would damage other international agreements.

Meanwhile, a United Nations panel has concluded that Iran violated an arms embargo imposed on Yemen by failing to prevent the Houthi rebels in that war-ravaged nation from obtaining Iranian missiles, including one fired hundreds of kilometres into Saudi Arabia two months ago.

The US president is required to renew the existing deal every 120 days under American law.