Iran says it will respond to US sanctions renewal

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a meeting with members of the Basij force, a volunteer paramilitary organisation in Tehran on November 22, 2016Iran said on Friday that Congress’s decision to renew US sanctions for 10 years was a violation of last year’s nuclear agreement and promised an “appropriate” response. “As repeatedly stated by high-ranking Iranian officials, the recent bill passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate to renew sanctions against Iran is against the (nuclear deal),” foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said. The Iran Sanctions Act passed the Senate 99-0 on Thursday, after easily clearing the House of Representatives last month.

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