Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday that relevant bodies have begun their work on an order by President Hassan Rouhani regarding the US extension of the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA).
Qassemi also said that Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had contacted US Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the issue and deliver Tehran’s relevant warnings to Washington.
The US Congress recently voted to renew the Iran Sanctions Act for another decade, in violation of a 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers.
Following the vote, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tasked the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and the Foreign Ministry to take certain countermeasures against the US move.
He also tasked the AEOI to work on nuclear propulsion devices to be used in sea transport in response to the US renewal of sanctions against Iran.
Under the nuclear deal, Iran undertook to put limitations on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.
The Iranian chief executive has ordered the Foreign Ministry to act on the provisions in the deal, which address a potential breach of the accord, and also to counter the congressional move thorough available legal and international channels.
Qassemi also reacted to recent remarks by the British prime minister over Iran, saying that the United Kingdom needs to take a retrospective look at its past destructive actions in the Middle East, instead of accusing Iran of sabotage in the region.
Speaking at the annual summit of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) in the Bahraini capital, Manama, on December 7, British Prime Minister Theresa May said that Britain would help the PGCC states “push back” against what she claimed to be Iran’s “aggressive regional actions”.
Qassemi said, “These countries, which broach [such claims], can place a mirror in front of themselves to see their past, and then decide what countries are responsible for the region’s [current] grave situation.”
Such remarks will have no impact on the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy, he said, adding that the country’s policy vis-à-vis the region is clear and there is no need for concealment.
The concerns some mention are nothing but “chimera” shaped by the status quo, the official noted. “It is [only] natural that they should repeat such claims given the defeats suffered in the region by [some] regional and extra-regional powers.”
These comments are mere propaganda and are part of the blame game played by these countries, he asserted.