Iran demands that Obama allow US sanctions to expire

2016-12-04 22:12
Iran's heavy water nuclear facilities are situated near the central city of Arak, 250km southwest of Tehran. (Hamid Foroutan, AP)

Iran's heavy water nuclear facilities are situated near the central city of Arak, 250km southwest of Tehran. (Hamid Foroutan, AP)

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Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday demanded that US President Barack Obama not sign an extension of US sanctions, saying the bill was a violation of a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

The US Senate voted on Thursday to extend the Iran Sanctions Act by 10 years. Speaking in an open session of Iran's parliament on Sunday, Rouhani said Obama was "obliged" to let the sanctions expire.

The nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers lifted a variety of international sanctions in exchange for limitations on the Iranian nuclear programme. The US, however, still maintains its own separate set of sanctions, which will expire on December 31 if Obama does not sign the extension into law.

Rouhani promised a "prompt response" from Iran if the US sanctions are extended.

"We are committed to an acceptable implementation of the deal but in response to non-commitment, violation or hesitation in its implementation, we will act promptly," he said.

Read more on:    hassan rouhani  |  barack obama  |  iran  |  us  |  nuclear deal

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