Iran can curb US hostilities in cooperation with regional states: Expert

Tehran, June 18, IRNA – Ali Khorram, an expert on international affairs said on Sunday that through increase of cooperation with friendly countries in the region and siding with them, Iran can curb the US hostilities.

Speaking to IRNA, he noted that senate's anti-Iranian bill is not nuclear-related and it has focused on the missile and terrorism issues.

The US sanctions do not violate the JCPOA, Khorram said, adding that similar sanctions were approved in the US senate during former US President Barack Obama but they were vetoed by him.

It is unlikely that the US current President Donald Trump, will veto the new senate anti-Iranian bill, he said.

Khorram noted that despite removal of Iran's nuclear-related sanctions, the US has imposed new sanctions against Iran under the pretext of terrorism, human rights and missile capabilities.

Violation of JCPOA spirit by the new US sanctions is a political issue and has no legal base, he noted.

Former Iranian envoy in the UN headquarters in Geneva said that if the Islamic establishment is keen to remove all sanctions, foreign minister and its team can start a new round of negotiations to de-escalate tensions with the US.

He criticized the idea of adopting reciprocal measures against the US and noted that Iran should find common interest with Washington.

Iran should contact Group 5+1 member-states and convince them to protest US president in case of new sanctions, Khorram added.

He noted that Iran has been bound to its obligations enshrined in the JCPOA and it should use the opportunity of friendly relations with Europe to decrease US hostile actions.

The expert referred to Iran and the US support for Qatar during the Arab rift and said, 'If regional countries side with Iran, the Islamic Republic can easily curb the US hostile measures.”

On June 15, the US Senate voted for a legislation to impose non-nuclear sanctions on Iran for its defense missile programs. They voted 98-2 in favor of the legislation.

Bipartisan negotiations also led to the bill, including expanded sanctions on Russia, in response to its intrusion into Ukraine, efforts to meddle in the 2016 election and its support for the Syrian regime.

Republican Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky and Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, were the only two people who voted against the bill.