Rouhani: Iran to 'Stand Up' to United States for New Sanctions

"These sanctions target procurement of advanced military hardware, such as fast attack boats and unmanned aerial vehicles, and send a strong signal that the United States can not and will not tolerate Iran's provocative and destabilizing behavior".

Mohammad Ali Jafari is said to have made the remarks in response to new United States sanctions over Iran's ballistic missile programme. "I think the Americans will fail as we will always respect our global commitments", Rouhani said.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday Tehran would "respond appropriately" to new US sanctions but that Iran remained committed to its nuclear deal with world powers.

In June, the US Senate voted to advance a bill that would impose new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile development, arms transfers and its alleged support for Islamist militant groups and human rights violations.

At the United Nations in New York, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif told VOA that sanctions have "unfortunately become a bad habit" with the United States, and that the US can expect reprisals from Iran.

Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri warned the US that applying the new sanctions and designating Iran's paramilitary Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terror group would be a "risk" to USA forces in the Middle East.

The new sanctions, perceived as the latest attempt to clamp down on Iran's military financing, target 18 Iranian individuals and groups, ranging from an Iran-based company accused of aiding the country's drone program to a Turkey-based provider of naval equipment and a China-based network that helped secure electronics for Tehran.

The Trump administration on Monday confirmed that Iran had met its obligations under the nuclear deal but warned it would face consequences for breaching "the spirit" of the accord - a reference to Iran's continued pursued of a ballistic missile program. Rouhani, in a televised cabinet meet, said the new regime under President Donald Trump is violating the terms of the pacts signed with Iran and other countries promoted by Barack Obama. "We haven't seen that yet".

  • Rogelio Becker