University students demand tough response to new US sanctions

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran University students, in a letter to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday, 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 today, 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”.

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said on Sunday that the fresh sanctions imposed by the US against a number of individuals and companies for violating the previous embargos against Iran will trouble the Geneva deal and inflict harm on the West’s interests.

“The West’s action creates misunderstanding and is among the US and the western countries’ immoralities; they make some agreements but don’t create conditions for their implementation,” Larijani told reporters in the Central city of Qom.

“If anyone rocks the boat on the path of the Geneva agreement, it will not benefit the West,” he added.

Larijani underlined that Tehran expected the West to pave the way for further agreement after the Geneva deal (signed by Iran and the world powers in November), but the western side has not kept its promises to this end.

Also today, a senior Iranian legislator deplored Washington for imposing new sanctions against a dozen companies and individuals for evading US embargos, and warned that Tehran will defy the Geneva deal if the US continues breaching the terms of the agreement.

“As Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution (Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei) has stated ‘we will not lose anything by negotiation’ and certainly, the Islamic Republic will continue its path and if the Americans don’t keep their promise, we won’t act upon the contents of the agreement (anymore),” Rapporteur of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini told FNA.

Noting that the Geneva deal requires the US and other sides not to impose new sanctions against Iran, he said by blacklisting new individuals and companies, Washington has proved that it doesn’t abide by any agreement and is untrustworthy.

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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