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Iran Condemns New US Sanctions, Warns of Reciprocation.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's foreign ministry in a statement deplored the US "contemptible and worthless move" to add new names to the list of its illegal sanctions, warning that Tehran will adopt reciprocal measures and impose embargos on a number of other real and legal American nationals who have acted against the Iranian and other Muslim nations.

"As part of his country's commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the new US President extended the waiver of anti-Iran sanctions imposed by the US Congress. As per the nuclear deal, the US president is obliged to use his authority to cease the application of the nuclear-related congressional sanctions against Iran, and frequently extend this waiver," the statement said on Tuesday.

"At the same time, the US secretary of state once again confirmed Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal in a letter to the US Congress in a move that ran counter to all their previous claims," it added. "Despite fulfilling these obligations, the US administration added a number of other Iranian and non-Iranian natural and legal persons to the list of its unilateral and illegal sanctions under the pretext of supporting Iran's missile program. The Trump administration made the move to compensate for its failure to persuade its European allies into withdrawing from the nuclear deal," the statement underlined.

The Iranian foreign ministry condemned Washington's "contemptible and worthless move" to add new names to the list of its illegal sanctions, and warned that the country "will reciprocate the move by imposing sanctions on a number of American natural and legal persons who have taken steps against the Iranian people and other Muslim nations in the region. The names of these individuals will be announced soon".

The US slapped new economic sanctions against Iran on Tuesday over its ballistic missile program, claiming that Tehran's "malign activities" in the Middle East undercut any "positive contributions" coming from the 2015 Iran nuclear accord.

The measures signaled that the administration of President Donald Trump was seeking to put more pressure on Iran while keeping in place an agreement between Tehran and six world powers to curb its nuclear program in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions.

The US government said it was targeting 18 entities and people for supporting what it claimed as "illicit Iranian actors or transnational criminal activity."

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