Published On: Wed, Dec 23rd, 2015

Iran calls new US visa law breach of nuclear deal

‘Political resolve,   goodwill key for comprehensive nuclear deal’

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday a new U.S. law putting visa restrictions on Iranians and those who had visited Iran would, if implemented, breach a nuclear deal Tehran had struck with world powers earlier this year.

The new measure passed by the U.S. Congress will prevent visa-free travel to the United States for people who have visited Iran or hold Iranian nationality.

The measure, which President Barack Obama signed into law on Friday, also applies to Iraq, Syria and Sudan, and was introduced as a security measure after Islamic State (IS) attacks in Paris and an attack in San Bernardino, California.

“If the Congress law is implemented as it is, it would definitely be a breach (of JCPOA), ” Zarif said at a joint press conference with his Mongolian counterpart, Lundeg Purevsuren.

Zarif said he had raised the issue with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at their meeting in New York this month and also in several emails in the last 10 days, hoping that “these measures stop any obstacle in implementation of the JCPOA.”

Read the full story at Reuters, by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin

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