Implementation of CAATSA violation of JCPOA

MNA – Morteza Saffari Natanzi, the head of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said that implementing CAATSA will violate JCPOA adding “It’s time for it to take serious measures in this respect.”

He said that Americans aim to influence public opinion and render Iran passive, while they have confronted Iran as one of the state sponsors of terrorism since 1984.

“The difference between CAATSA and the sanctions imposed under the pretext of terrorism since 1984 is that the primary focus has shifted to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and our missile industry,” he went on.

Pointing out that the United States of America seeks to spread anti-Iran sentiments through implementing this act, Saffari Natanzi said that since the act influences the attraction of foreign capital to Iran, it is the violation of JCPOA.

He discussed the proposal about Iran’s reconsideration of its relations with the International Atomic Energy Agency presented through the third six-month report on implementing JCPOA and noted “In case this proposal is taken into effect, it can decrease our safeguard relations with the Agency and create restrictions in this respect. At present, however, we have maintained good relations with the Agency.”

The head of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee emphasized that the implementation of this proposal is predicated upon the decision adopted by the High Supervisory Committee on implementation of the JCPOA and added “Iran is ready to take possible counter-measures against the terrorist and adventurous measures of the US government in the region.”

In early August, US President Trump signed into law one of the most wide-ranging sanctions measures of the last five years, known as CAATSA, which enhances three separate sanctions programs targeting Iran, Russia and North Korea.

CAATSA expands US sanctions targeting Iran’s ballistic missile program and enhances the legal basis for existing sanctions targeting the IRGC. It would also establish an additional US legal basis for sanctions targeting IRGC on the allegations of support for terrorism.