European Union insists all parties to Iran nuclear deal abiding by terms

05 August, 2017, 00:16 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • New US sanctions on Iran not to end nuclear deal, expert says

He is due to take the oath of office at the Iranian parliament on August 5, according to RFE/RL.

But his quest to parlay fragile detente with the West into financial infusions to rebuild Iran's oil-based economy has been slowed by investors' fears of pre-existing US sanctions and suspicions among powerful hardline acolytes of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of any rise in Western influence.

Rouhani had won the presidential elections by a huge margin in May this year.

The bill seeks to ban anyone dealing with Iran's ballistic missile programme from entering the US, and blocks transactions on properties held in the people associated with the programme. Tehran has prepared measures that Iran would take against the US action, he added without elaborating, except to say some of the measures will "improve" Iran's armed forces.

Under Rouhani's watch, Iran emerged from worldwide isolation in 2015 when it struck a deal with six world powers to curb its disputed nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of financial and economic sanctions in place for a decade.

Amnesty International has called on the European Union to take a tougher stance after accusing Iran of a "vicious crackdown" that it says has dashed hopes of rights reform. Trump also referred to a Supreme Court case, Zivotofsky v. Kerry, in which the high court ruled that Congress can not require the State Department to issue passports stating that Jerusalem is in Israel, which is contrary to current US policy.

The accord lifted the nuclear-related sanctions against Iran in exchange for certain restrictions on its nuclear activities.

The president also pointed to the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and said "the JCPOA has shown Iran's goodwill to engage in constructive and effective interactions on the global stage".

"Eight presidents, 19 parliament speakers, nine vice presidents and prime ministers, seven parliament vice-speakers, 11 foreign ministers and 35 special envoys from different countries will reportedly attend the ceremony", the report said.

During his election campaign for a second term in office, Hassan Rouhani, 68, pledged to deliver on his campaign promises of creating a freer society and improving the economic situation in the country.

For Rouhani, who had hoped his second term would focus on rebuilding the stagnant economy, "it's unfortunate timing", said Ellie Geranmayeh, an Iran analyst with the European Council on Foreign Relations.

His conservative rival Ebrahim Raisi came second with 38.5 per cent.



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