Iran Pres: Will Respond to US Law 07/26 06:10
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday his
country will respond if a bill in the U.S. Congress imposing sanctions on
people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program becomes law.
The House of Representatives passed the bill on Tuesday and it now goes to
Without giving details, Rouhani said in a Wednesday cabinet meeting
broadcast by state TV that Iran will "take any action that is necessary for the
country's expedience and interests" and show "reciprocal" reaction to the law.
The U.S. legislation would impose mandatory penalties on people involved in
Iran's ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them. The
measure would also apply terrorism sanctions to Iran's prestigious
Revolutionary Guard and enforce an arms embargo. Democrats said the new
sanctions would not conflict with the landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran
and world powers.
However, deputy foreign minister and senior Iranian negotiator Abbas
Araghchi said Wednesday the bill could "affect successful implementation" of
the agreement and reduce Iran's benefits from it.
"If the enemy breaches parts of the deal, we will breach parts of it,"
Rouhani said. "If they breach the entire deal, we will breach it in its
"We will reinforce our whole defensive weapons without paying attention to
what others say," he added.
Meanwhile, the head of a parliamentary committee on national security and
foreign policy, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, said the committee will discuss the U.S.
legislation on Saturday in an urgent meeting.