TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – France’s Foreign Ministry said new US sanctions against Iran and Russia seem to be at odds with international law.
In a statement on Wednesday, the French foreign ministry condemned the US congressional bill against Tehran, Moscow and Pyongyang, noting that French and European laws would need to be adjusted in response.
Discussions would be necessary at European Union level because of the potential impact on European citizens and firms, it added, RTE reported.
It came after the US Republican-controlled House passed a sweeping package of bills on Iran, Russia, and North Korea sanctions in a 419-3 vote, sending the legislation to the Senate for almost certain passage and likely making it veto-proof.
In response, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Wednesday that the bill on new sanctions against Tehran will receive the necessary response.
“We… withstand the pressure and sanctions, and will take reciprocal action,” he stressed.
Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) reached a nuclear deal in July 2015 and implemented it in January 2016.
Under the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), certain limits have been put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all nuclear-related bans against Tehran.
In all of its reports after coming into force of the JCPOA, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has verified the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran as well as the Islamic Republic’s commitment to the nuclear deal.
Donald Trump’s administration, which took over in January 2017, one year after the JCPOA came into force, has however slapped sanctions on Iran in violation of the nuclear deal.