Iran issues veiled threat in response to House vote on renewing sanctions

by WorldTribune Staff, November 17, 2016

The U.S. House of Representatives’ decision to reauthorize sanctions means Iran will take ‘powerful’ but unspecified action, a senior Iranian official said.

The House voted 419-1 on Nov. 15 to renew the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for another 10 years.

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani (left) speaks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani, left, speaks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

“If you extend the sanctions, this will mean kicking the JCPOA away and we will confront it through implementing powerful technical packages,” Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, said on Nov. 16, according to PressTV.

“The Iranian nation is an independence-seeking one. They (U.S. leaders) cannot sit in glass palaces saying they would [either] tear up the JCPOA or renegotiate it,” added Shamkhani, in a reference to President-elect Donald Trump’s election promise to rip up the deal with Iran.

The House bill must be also be passed by the Senate before being signed into law by President Barack Obama.

Yahya Rahim Safavi, a top military adviser to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that Washington would regret it if the nuclear deal were scrapped.

“Whoever becomes the president in the U.S. has to support the Zionists, but annulling the JCPOA will be a strategic mistake. If Trump seeks to annul the JCPOA, this will cost the U.S. dearly,” he warned.

On the day after Trump was elected, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said there was “no possibility” Trump could overturn the nuclear deal.