Iran passes motion to reciprocate US sanctions, says it will 'counter terrorist American measures'
Iran's Majlis (parliament) on Saturday passed the general outlines of a motion to reciprocate the United States sanctions on the country
Tehran: National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's Majlis (parliament) on Saturday passed the general outlines of a motion to reciprocate the United States sanctions on the country.
The motion, if ratified in the Majlis open meeting, will "counter the terrorist and adventurous measures of the United States in the region," Xinhua quoted Press TV as saying.
It also envisages measures to support the Iranian armed and security forces as well as those Iranians who would be affected by the United States actions, Iranian Deputy Foreign Ministers Abbas Araqchi, who had attended the meeting of the commission, was quoted as saying.
Araqchi described the motion as an appropriate measure in response to the "hostile and malicious" policies of the United States.
The United States sanction measures would have adverse effects on the implementation of the landmark nuclear agreement, also known as JCPOA, which was signed between Iran and six world powers in July 2015, he said.
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