News ID: 216057
Published: 0814 GMT June 01, 2018

Larijani: US problem with Iran is not nuclear issue

Larijani: US problem with Iran is not nuclear issue

Political Desk

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said on Friday seven items out of the 12 conditions laid out by the US for Iran are related to the regional issues, which indicates that the Washington problem with Tehran is not related to the nuclear issue.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently said that Washington would increase the financial pressure on Iran by imposing the "strongest sanctions in history" on the Islamic Republic if Tehran refuses to change the course of its foreign and domestic policy.

He laid out 12 tough conditions for any "new deal" with Tehran on May 21. The conditions included withdrawal of Iran's military advisors from Syria, who have been helping the country's legitimate government in its anti-terror fight against terrorist outfits.

Ali Larijani said that Islamic Republic is quite ready to counter the US's anti-Iran measures.

“Today, the country is quite ready for countering the US wrong behavior,” Larijani said in a reference to the Washington’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal and reinstating sanctions against Tehran.

Pompeo announced the conditions nearly two weeks after US President Donald Trump said on May 8 that Washington was walking away from the nuclear agreement, which was reached between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the US, Britain, France, Russia and China – plus Germany.

Under that deal, Iran had gotten relief from existing sanctions in exchange for certain limits on its nuclear activities.

According to the US Department of Treasury, the United States will begin reimposing those economic and other restrictions in two tranches, one within 90 days and another no later 180 days after Trump's announcement.

The Secretary of State said the United States would halt these plans if Iran met its demands.

Most of the US demands are related to the Iran’s role in the region and its defense programs, including end to Iran’s military support for the Houthi fighters in Yemen and pulling out its forces from Syria.

This is while, Iran has repeatedly announced that it has no military relations with Houthi fighters in Yemen. Tehran also says that its presence in Syria is based on a request from the Syrian government.

The US top diplomat has also urged Iran to end its proliferation of ballistic missiles.









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