Rouhani Says Iran Will Respond To Any New U.S. Sanctions

Rouhani Says Iran Will Respond To Any New U.S. Sanctions

 Iran will reciprocate if the United States imposes new sanctions on it, president Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday (July 26) appearing on state television, casting further doubt over the outlook for the 2015 Iran nuclear accord.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to slap new sanctions on Iran, Russia and North Korea, although it was unclear how quickly the bill would make its way to the White House for President Donald Trump to sign into law or veto.

Rouhani said that parliament would take the initial steps in responding to any U.S. moves and that any necessary further steps would also be pursued.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will definitely react to the new U.S. congress move. We will definitely respond to that and in the first step the Iranian parliament will take steps in this regard. If they have a congress, there's also a parliament here. We will also take any other steps we deem necessary for the development of our country and the prosperity of our country, regardless of their (U.S.) sanctions and their policies, we will pursue our path,” he said.

On Tuesday, Trump issued a veiled threat against Iran, warning it to adhere to the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal it signed together with world powers or else face "big, big problems."