The US Senate’s move to impose new sanctions against Iran is completely against the letter and spirit of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, said a senior international advisor to Iran’s Leader.
As a member of a special committee tasked with monitoring the implementation of the nuclear deal between Iran and P5+1 group of countries, Iranian Leader’s aide Ali Akbar Velayati said on Thursday the committee would examine the US Senate’s move and respond to it accordingly.
He went on saying that the new sanctions were part of a larger plan by the US to reverse some of its defeats in the Middle East. “The US is struggling to cover up the repeated defeats it has suffered at the hand of Iran in Iraq and Syria,” he noted.
Earlier on Thursday, the US Senate voted nearly unanimously to impose new sanctions against Iran and Russia. The 100-member Senate backed the measure by a margin of 98-2. Senators Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders were the only two “no” votes.
The bill includes new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program and “continued support for terrorism.”
The sanctions come following two sets of sanctions imposed in February and May by the US Treasury Department over Iran’s missile program.