Iran: US extension ‘violates’ nuclear deal

A woman walks past an anti US mural at the former US embassy in Tehran. (Reuters)

The US Senate passed a 10-year extension of existing sanctions against Iran on Thursday, sending the measure to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign into law and delaying any potentially tougher actions until next year.

As the voting continued, senators were backing the renewal of the Iran Sanctions Act by 89-0. It passed the House of Representatives nearly unanimously in November, and congressional aides said they expected Obama would sign it when it reached his desk.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that the US Senate’s vote violated a historic nuclear deal reached between the country and six major powers in 2015.

“The extension of sanctions by the US congress is a violation of the deal. We will report it to Iran’s committee, assigned for monitoring the implementation of the deal,” according to a statement by Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi read on television.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53