Bahram Qassemi

Spokesman: Iran ready to confront US defiance of N. deal

FNA – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi underlined that his country has prepared different scenarios to confront the US noncompliance with the 2015 nuclear deal.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is fully prepared to confront any situation if the US does not comply with its undertakings under the nuclear deal and if it continues problems and defiance,” Qassemi said on Wednesday.

He said that the US Congress decision about the nuclear deal is an internal issue of that country, adding, “The US administration’s commitment to the nuclear deal is important to us.”

“What the Islamic Republic of Iran, the EU and other world states, specially other partners present in the nuclear talks, expect from the US is its compliance with its undertakings within the framework of the nuclear deal,” Qassemi underscored.

Congressional and White House aides said on Tuesday that the US Congress will allow a deadline on reimposing sanctions on Iran to pass this week, leaving the nuclear deal intact.

In October, Trump declined to certify that Iran was complying with the nuclear agreement despite the IAEA’s repeated confirmation of Iran’s commitment. His decision triggered a 60-day window for Congress to decide whether to bring back sanctions on Iran.

Congressional leaders have announced no plans to introduce a resolution to reimpose sanctions before Wednesday’s deadline and aides say lawmakers will let the deadline pass without action.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the administration was not asking for sanctions to be reimposed. “The administration continues to make encouraging progress with Congress to fix the US–Iran deal and address long-term proliferation issues,” she told a daily press briefing.