DUBAI Dec 3 A U.S. Senate vote to extend the
Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for 10 years shows the world that
Washington cannot be relied upon to act on its commitments,
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday.
Iran has vowed to retaliate against the ISA extension,
passed unanimously on Thursday, saying it violated last year's
agreement with six major powers to curb its nuclear programme in
return for lifting of international financial sanctions.
"To the world community, the extension of sanctions against
Iran shows the unreliability of the American government," state
broadcaster IRIB quoted Zarif as saying upon arrival in India
for an official visit.
"America is acting against its commitment," Zarif added.
U.S. officials said the ISA renewal would not infringe the
nuclear agreement. U.S. lawmakers have also said the ISA
extension would make it easier for sanctions to be quickly
reimposed if Iran contravened the nuclear deal..
But Iran's nuclear energy chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, who
played a central role in reaching the nuclear deal, described
the extension as a "clear violation" if implemented.
The diplomatic thaw in swing between Washington and Tehran
over the past two years looks in jeopardy with U.S.
President-elect Donald Trump taking office next month. He said
during his election campaign that he would scrap the nuclear
Last month, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had
already warned in November that the extension would be viewed in
Tehran as a breach of the nuclear accord and threatened
Behrouz Nemati, spokesman for parliament's presiding board,
was quoted by state TV on Saturday as saying MPs would introduce
a measure on Sunday demanding the government "return to initial
(nuclear) enrichment conditions" before the deal.
Khamenei and his hardline loyalists have criticised the deal
and blamed President Hassan Rouhani for its failure to deliver
swift improvements in living standards since sanctions were
lifted in January.
(Reporting by Dubai newsroom; editing by Susan Thomas)