Iran condemns US sanctions, says it will continue missile programme 'with full power'

Tehran: Iran on Saturday condemned new sanctions passed by the United States Congress against its missile programme, which President Donald Trump is set to sign into law, and vowed to continue it.

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"We will continue with full power our missile programme," foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told state broadcaster IRIB.

"We consider the action by the United States as hostile, reprehensible and unacceptable, and it's ultimately an effort to weaken the nuclear deal," Ghasemi added, referring to a 2015 agreement with the United States and other world powers that lifted some sanctions on Tehran.

"The military and missile fields... are our domestic policies and others have no right to intervene or comment on them.

"We reserve the right to reciprocate and make an adequate response to the United States actions," he said.

The sanctions bill, which also targets Russia and North Korea, was passed by the United States Senate on Thursday, two days after being approved by the House of Representatives.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Friday that President Donald Trump will sign the bill into law.

Separately on Friday, Washington imposed new sanctions targeting Iran's missile programme a day after Tehran tested a satellite-launch rocket.

The United States Treasury singled out six companies owned or controlled by Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group, which it said was central to the programme, freezing their American assets and barring US citizens from dealing with them.


Updated Date: Jul 29, 2017 14:46 PM

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