Tension rises between Iran and the US

  • Libyan Express + Agencies |
  • Saturday 13 January 2018

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks with reporters at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran on Feb. 11, 2017. Tensions between the United States and Iran [photo: Washington Post]

Iran says the US has “crossed a red line” by imposing sanctions on the head of its judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli-Larijani, BBC reported.

The foreign ministry vowed to retaliate but did not say what form any action might take. Iran also rejected any changes to its nuclear deal with world powers, according to the BBC.

US President Donald Trump, a critic of the 2015 accord to prevent Iran developing nuclear arms, said he would extend sanctions relief one last time, the BBC added.

However, the US imposed fresh sanctions on 14 individuals and entities over alleged human rights abuses.

President Trump said he was giving Europe and the US “a last chance” to fix “terrible flaws” in the nuclear agreement signed by Iran and six world powers in 2015.

The White House wants EU signatories to agree permanent restrictions on Iran’s uranium enrichment. Under the current deal they are set to expire in 2025. Mr Trump also wants Iran’s ballistic missile programme to be addressed, BBC explained.


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