Iran Promises ‘Firm Response’ if Sanctions Extended

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pledged to “firmly respond” if President Barack Obama signs legislation into law that would extend sanctions against the country. Rouhani, in a speech to Parliament on Sunday, said the law is a direct violation of the Iran nuclear agreement. “America’s president is obliged to exercise his authority by preventing its approval and particularly its implementation ... and if this gross violation is carried out we will firmly respond,” Rouhani said. The White House has said that Obama will sign the legislation, and has argued that it would not violate the nuclear deal.