New restrictions would target Iran's missile program and activity in Syria.
Iran played down the potential impact on its landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers of the appointment of the hawkish Mike Pompeo as the new USA secretary of state, saying the change was an internal US matter.
"Now you have the appointment of someone who has made it an article of faith that the Iran deal is a bad deal that needs to be ripped up", said Robert Malley, president of the International Crisis Group who helped broker the Iran negotiations under the Obama administration. In fact, most of Israel's top military analysts now say it is only matter of time before further violence, probably on a much larger scale, develops between Israel and Iran. It proposes building on the EU's existing sanctions list related to Syria, which includes travel bans and asset freezes on individuals, and a ban on doing business or financing public and private companies.
Zarif did not refer to the possibility of new European Union sanctions.
The Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee expects that US President Donald Trump will pull out of the landmark global nuclear deal with Iran in May. "And it doesn't feel to me that they are", he said. He has said, however, that he would not do so if the deal is not "fixed".
This would cover Iran's ballistic missile program, its regional activities, the expiration of parts of the nuclear deal in the mid-2020s and tighter United Nations inspections, Hook said.
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Trump is bound to certify Iran's compliance with the 2015 accord every six months and waive the sanctions that were suspended when Iran agreed to restrict its nuclear program. But Trump believes the nuclear deal and the sanctions relief that came with it have empowered Tehran in other policy spheres. Iran repeatedly refused to discuss its missile program with the Western powers, adding that its missile program was being developed exclusively for defensive purposes.
Russia's ambassador to Tehran Levan Dzhagaryan has said that Moscow will not be committed to possible new sanctions against Iran by European countries and the United States. At the same time, a senior adviser to Iran's supreme leader said that "it is the Islamic Republic [that] would decide on the type of missile it can possess".
"If the USA quits the nuclear agreement, we will also quit it", Iran's Assistant Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araghchi said, according to ISNA news agency.
Since President Donald Trump's inauguration, he has threatened on multiple occasions to scrap the deal entirely.
The CIA director has been loyal to the president, and after Trump's surprise announcement last week that he is willing to meet with North Korea's Kim, he went on several news shows to voice his support for the decision.