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    Tehran: US Violating Nuke Deal, Urging Companies to Not Invest in Iran

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    Iranian officials have reiterated their complaints that the US is violating the recently agreed-upon Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal by sabotaging Tehran’s attempts to conduct business internationally.

    "The Americans are now acting in violation of the nuclear agreement," Iran’s Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani told high-ranking officials on Monday, referring to the agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 nations, including the US, UK, China, Russia, France, and Germany.

    "The Americans should know that the Islamic Republic of Iran would never compromise its interests and would never agree with investment of foreign firms in the country at any price, while it enjoys rich resources and abundant talents," he said, according to Fars News.

    Amoli Larijani claims that Washington has pressured companies to avoid investing in Iran, even though a major provision of the JCPOA was the retraction of international sanctions against the Islamic republic.

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, expressed similar sentiments last month when he said that the US was applying pressure on Western banking establishments.

    "To date, all the Western countries are under the US influence. All of our banking operations do not pass without problems," he said, according to the IRINN news agency.

    "It is clear that behind all this are [sic] the United States who only declared about the lifting of sanctions, but lifted them on paper only."

    Ayatollah Khamenei has also complained about Washington’s implementation of new sanctions over Iran’s ballistic missile program.

    In this picture released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech during a meeting in Tehran, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015
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    "What a hue and cry did they launch in the case of the missiles: Why Iran has long-ranged missiles?" he said, according to Fars News.

    "The Americans and one of the regional countries launch wargames every now and then in the Persian Gulf, which is several thousand kilometers away [from] their country…Iran carries out military exercise in its own security boundary and home."

    The JCPOA nuclear deal stipulates that the international community gradually roll back economic and travel sanctions against Tehran in exchange for a reduction in the country’s uranium enrichment facilities. The deal provides Tehran with capabilities to pursue nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, while providing assurances should Iran “break out” and pursue a nuclear weapon.

    EU, UN, and US sanctions were lifted in January.


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    • avatar
      so, the subtle warfare continues against Iran.
    • avatar
      The sanctions are good. It forces Iran to expel US powers from their business . And the world will follow.
    • siberianhusky
      Come on Iran you are smarter than that, you all know and should have known that those ZionNazies in America would still pull every dirty trick they can come up with on you, agreements or no agreements. This backstabbing by them is not over by a long shot.
    • avatar
      Many predicted such behavior by the Outlaw US Empire. A slime mold has more credibility!
    • avatar
      An international agreement, especially one that is backed by the resolution of the UNSC, is subject to the protocols and conditionalities clearly spelt out within its framework. It is not subject to the self-serving whims and caprices of a single signatory to the said agreement. What is most shocking is the behaviour of the EU nations that are being illegally pressured by the Americans into putting stumbling blocks in the implementation of the Iranian nuclear arms deal. This pattern of behaviour where American imperialist interests are the guiding principles of European strategic relations with other people and not the real needs and concerns of Europeans themselves is to be seen in the counterproductive sanctions the EU imposed on Russia on the dictation of the US and the EU 'normalization of relations with Cuba' - a step the bloc should have taken since the end of the cold war- just because the Americans ordered them to do so after first re-establishing diplomatic relations with it.
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      The only question here is why is Iran surprised that that the United States has broken the agreement? This should have been taken fore granted as the US has not lived up to one of their agreements ever. Not international or domestic. Not even to their own people! Not to Native Americans, not to African Americans, not to Hispanic Americans, not even to White Americans. So, Iran actually thought they would live up to the Nuclear Agreement? Someone in Tehran needs to have their head examined.
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      Iran should join the EEU creating a common market of $ 5 Tr. and 260 million consumers which American and European companies cannot bypass. A Washington ban just means more protectionism and higher trade barriers in the EEU. Al the same time, Azerbaijani companies will be incresingly compelled to join the EEU, a tool for peace in the Caspian Ring.
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