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    Iran's Nuclear Deal Supervisory Council to Discuss US Move to Renew Sanctions

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    Iran’s supervisory council on the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will discuss on Wednesday US Congress intention to renew sanctions against Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Tasnim news agency, Rouhani pointed out in his speech in the Tehran University that the council would hold talks on possible counter-measures against the US initiative.

    Earlier in the day, the Iranian leader emphasized that US authorities were unable to undermine the will of the Iranian people to implement the agreement, adding that Tehran would not allow them to abolish the historic nuclear deal.

    On December 1, the US Senate voted unanimously to extend the 1979 sanctions against Iran by another ten years after they expire by the end of December. The extension was endorsed by the lower chamber of Congress and would now go before President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it before he leaves office in January.

    On December 2, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said that the US decision to renew sanctions against Iran was in breach of the 2015 nuclear agreement.

    On July 14, 2015, Iran and the P5+1 group of countries — the United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom plus Germany — signed the JCPOA, ensuring the peaceful nature of Tehran's nuclear program in return for the gradual sanctions relief.

    The agreement came into force on January 16, after the International Atomic Energy Agency submitted a report confirming the readiness of Iran's authorities to implement the program to reduce the country’s nuclear potential.

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    anti-Iranian sanctions, Iran nuclear deal, Iran's Nuclear Program, US Senate, Bahram Ghasemi, Hassan Rouhani, United States
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