Speaking today during a broadcast of a cabinet meeting, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that the current United States bill aiming to impose new sanctions against them for their conventional missile program would be met with a "reciprocal" response.
On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that slaps tougher sanctions on Russia, Iran and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
The bill must pass the US Senate before it can be sent to the White House for President Donald Trump to veto or sign into law. "Iran is definitely not like other regional countries that would surrender to USA bribery under threats", he stressed. "However, President Donald Trump's administration is following up on the policy of changing Iran's global and regional policies more aggressively through building up pressure on Tehran - because, maybe, Trump needs a scape goat for the case when his policy within the U.S. dead ends", he said.
Bayat further ruled out the possibility of slapping back nuclear sanctions on Iran and said the USA itself is very unlikely to do so, and even if the USA has a desire to re-impose Iran's nuclear-related sanctions, it will not yield results as the Europeans appear reluctant to back such decisions.
"As a result, the draft sanctions law is incompatible with different clauses of the JCPOA", he added, using an acronym for the nuclear deal, "under which the USA is committed to implementing the deal with good will and in a constructive atmosphere".
Proponents for staying in the deal say withdrawing from the deal would essentially allow the regime to keep all of the sanctions relief money it got in 2015-2016 while not having to comply with nuclear site inspections.
"Meanwhile, role of Saudi Arabia as an ally of the U.S. is widely accepted and more over supported by the West, the more or less similar role of Iran is not tolerated", he stated.
Iran will "certainly respond" to this "blatantly hostile undertaking" against it, said Araghchi, who was a member of the Iranian team that negotiated the nuclear deal with world powers.
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Wednesday that the fresh sanctions by the United States will have adverse impacts on the "successful" implementation of the nuclear deal, official IRNA news agency reported. "That I can tell you, believe me".
"They assume Iran would surrender under a little pressure, but they are wrong".