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Publish Date: 20:16 - 28 January 2017
Iranian Foreign Ministry said the country would adopt counter-measures following Trump’s decision to suspend visa for citizens of Iran and 6 other countries.
Iran says it adopts counter-measures over US visa-limitation on nationals"The Islamic Republic of Iran is carefully watching short-term and mid-term effects of US administration’s decision on Iranian nationals and it would take the appropriate legal, consular and political step to defend dignity of Iranian nationals inside and abroad,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The statement said that it is adopting counter-measures until the ‘insulting limitations’ against Iranian nationals will be removed.

"The US administration unwise move, imposing discrimination against Islamic countries’ nationals would deepen rifts taken advantaged by terrorist extremists to recruitment and mislead marginalized youth and leads to spread of violence and extremism.”

The decision has also forgotten reports of US intelligence and security organizations and former US officials that all reiterated role of the US and its regional allies in establishing and expanding extremist groups including the ISIL.

The statement said that the recent US decision runs counter to logic and international law.

Trump, a vocal supporter of the regime in Israel, has adopted harsh rhetoric against Iran.

During his election campaign, he vowed to "tear up” or try to renegotiate the landmark nuclear deal inked in 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, including the US.

Trump’s threats come as earlier this month, the European Union, whose foreign policy chief chaired the P5+1 during the negotiations in the run-up to the deal, renewed its support for the accord, viewed as a win for international diplomacy.

If imposed, the visa ban would be the latest in a series of anti-Iran measures taken by the US government in recent months.

Last year, Washington extended sanctions against Iran in what was viewed as a breach of the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

On December 1, 2016, the US Senate voted 99-0 to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for a decade after it cleared the House of Representatives 419-1 in late November.

The House of Representatives voted to reauthorize ISA, which was first introduced in 1996 to punish investments in Iran's energy industry based on accusations that Tehran was pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

The administration of former US President Barack Obama had expressed reservations about the utility of the legislation, but congressional aides said they expected Obama would sign it when it reached his desk. The act was set to expire at the end of 2016.

Obama had declined to sign a bill renewing existing sanctions against Iran, but allowed the legislation to become law, in an apparent effort to alleviate the Islamic Republic’s concerns that Washington is backtracking on the nuclear agreement.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a hawkish Republican from Tennessee, said at that time that the extension of ISA ensures President-elect Donald Trump can reimpose sanctions Obama lifted under the nuclear agreement.

"Extending the Iran Sanctions Act ... ensures President-elect Trump and his administration have the tools necessary to push back” against Iran’s "hostile actions,” he said in a statement.

Iran has warned that the renewal of sanctions will be a violation of commitments under the JCPOA, and has threatened reprisal if the US extends the longstanding act.

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