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Iran condemns new U.S. missile sanctions as "ill will"

Iran condemns new U.S. missile sanctions as

PanARMENIAN.Net - Iran criticised new U.S. sanctions on its missile programme on Thursday, May 18, saying they would undermine a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, AFP reports.

"Iran condemns the U.S. administration's ill will in its effort to reduce the positive results of the country's implementation of JCPOA (nuclear deal) commitments by adding individuals to the list of unilateral and illegal extraterritorial sanctions," foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said on his Telegram channel.

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump chose to stick by the nuclear deal with Iran on Wednesday, renewing a waiver of nuclear-related sanctions despite his past criticism of the agreement.

But it imposed new measures to punish Iranian defence officials and a Chinese business tied to Tehran's ballistic missile programme, which it says is in breach of international law because they could carry nuclear warheads in the future.

The decision came just before a Friday presidential election in Iran, in which moderate President Hassan Rouhani is fighting for a second term against hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi, who has called for a much tougher stance against the West.

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