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Iran says US violating nuclear deal with sanctions

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    Agence France-Presse

Tehran, Iran   /   Thu, August 3, 2017   /   01:12 pm
Iran says US violating nuclear deal with sanctions In this Friday, April 14, 2017 file photo, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani smiles as he attends at the Interior Ministry to register his candidacy for the May 19 presidential elections, in Tehran, Iran. Iranian state TV said Thursday, April 20, that the body charged with vetting candidates has disqualified former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from running in next month's presidential election. It carried an Interior Ministry statement saying that Rouhani has been approved to run for re-election. (AP/Vahid Salemi, File)

Iran said on Thursday that new sanctions imposed by the United States had violated its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and that the country would respond.

"We believe that the nuclear deal has been violated and we will react appropriately," deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi said on state television, following news that US President Donald Trump had signed the new sanctions into law.

"We will certainly not fall into the trap of US policy and Trump, and our reaction will be very carefully considered."

Trump signed off the new sanctions -- which also target Russia and North Korea -- on Wednesday. 

The sanctions target Iran's missile programme and human rights violations, which were not covered under the 2015 nuclear deal. 

However, Iran says they go against the spirit of the agreement and said earlier this week that it would lodge a complaint with the commission that oversees its implementation.