Politician urges Obama to veto US congress Anti-Iran moves

TEHRAN (FNA)- An Iranian politician and former lawmaker called on White House to remain committed to its pledges under the Geneva nuclear deal with Iran, and veto the recent sanctions bill of the Congress against Iran.

“Obama can remain loyal to his Geneva undertakings by vetoing the Congress’ approval,” Spokesman of the minority fraction in the 8th parliament Dariush Qanbari told FNA on Monday.

He stressed that if the US does not fulfill its undertakings according to the Geneva agreement, it will lose its credibility.

He pointed to the US breach of the Geneva agreement by blacklisting a dozen companies and individuals for evading Washington’s sanctions, and said, “Iran considers this attempt of the White House in contradiction to the spirit of the Geneva agreement and has called on Washington to put an end to its double-standard policies against Iran.”

He underlined that the Americans and their allies should know that if they act in this way they will face a deadlock in the upcoming negotiations with Iran.

On Monday, Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi underlined the US is not a trustworthy country.

“The US showed that it is an untrustworthy country by violating the Geneva agreement and it moved towards weakening the pillars of the agreement,” Boroujerdi said in a meeting with Head of the Delegation for relations with Iran in the European Parliament Tarja Cronberg in Tehran on Sunday.

He pointed to the recent Geneva agreement, and said, “The parties to the nuclear negotiations with Iran should remain committed to their pledges according to this agreement.”

Cronberg, for her part, voiced satisfaction in her visit to Iran at the present juncture, and said, “This visit helps a lot to find the realities concerning the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

She pointed to the recent Geneva agreement, and expressed the hope that the agreement would bear fruit in all areas.

On Sunday, Tehran University students, in a letter to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, called for a very tough stance against the fresh sanctions imposed by the US against a number of foreign and Iranian individuals and companies, saying the Washington move is a blatant violation of the recent nuclear deal endorsed by Iran and the six world powers.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is not such a country that it can remain silent about the US non-commitment to its pledges and it will not comply with the undertakings it has accepted in the agreements unilaterally and dishonorably,” Tehran University Students’ Basij said in the letter.

The students underlined that Iran should increase the number of its centrifuges and also increase the volume of its (uranium) enrichment than the present level in a retaliatory move, cautioning that increase or extension of the sanctions only deepens the Iranian nation and officials’ lack of trust in the West, while it won’t have any benefit for the westerners.

They stressed that Washington has proved that it doesn’t abide by any agreement and is untrustworthy.

“Tehran University Students’ Basij … is calling on Zarif and other statesmen of the Islamic Republic of Iran to defend the great Iran’s national and religious honor and dignity by giving a resolute response to the US measures,” parts of the letter read.

Earlier on Sunday, Zarif deplored Washington for breaching the Geneva agreement by blacklisting a dozen companies and individuals for evading US sanctions, and said Tehran will show a well-assessed and goal-oriented reaction to any measure adopted by the world powers in violation of the deal.

“The Americans have taken improper measures in the last few days and we have given the appropriate response to them after considering all aspects of the issue,” Zarif said on Sunday.

He stressed that Tehran is seriously pursuing the Geneva negotiations with the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany), “and we will, of course, show proper, well-assessed, targeted and smart reaction to any improper and unconstructive measure (of the opposite side even if it doesn’t violate the Geneva agreement)”.

Meantime, the foreign minister said the nuclear negotiations are moving on a rough path with many ups and downs before the attainment of the final results, “which is not something unexpected as we had foreseen this since the very first day”.

Under the interim deal reached in Geneva, Iran agreed to stop progress in parts of its nuclear program for six months in return for some $7bln in relief from western sanctions.

The United States also agreed to refrain from slapping new sanctions on Iran. After the United States’ recent punitive measures, Tehran officials have issued serious warnings that Washington is about to ruin the agreement.

By Fars News Agency


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