RNA – Addressing a large and fervent congregation of the people at the University of Tehran on Friday, Ayatollah Mohammad Emami-Kashani said, “The approval of extension of the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for another 10 years is in fact equal to the violation of the nuclear agreement and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).”
Tehran’s provisional Friday prayer leader underlined that it is now time for Iran to compensate for what the US has done.
The US Senate on December 1 approved a legislation extending Iran Sanctions Act for another ten years. The Act was to expire at the end of 2016.
Ayatollah Khamenei warned late November that implementation of the extended Iran sanctions law for another 10 years would be equal to the violation of the nuclear agreement reached between Tehran and the six world powers (the US, China, France, the UK, Russia and Germany) in July 2015.
“There were a lot of debates about sanctions in the nuclear talks, but now they raise the issue of extending the sanctions in the US Congress and claim that these are not sanctions but renewal (of earlier sanctions),” the Supreme Leader said in a meeting with a group of Iranian Navy commanders and officials in Tehran on the occasion of the National Navy Day.
Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the nuclear talks with the world powers, and said, “Initiating sanctions is no different from renewing them after their expiry date, as the latter is also (an instance of imposing) sanctions and a violation of the undertakings already taken up by the opposite side.”