Iran Demands That Obama Allow U.S. Sanctions to Expire

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signs a series of documents, including the certification to the U.S. government that International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had certified Iran's compliance in their report and waivers to implement the lifting of the U.S. Congressional nuclear-related sanctions as outlined in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in Vienna January 16, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signs a series of documents, including the certification to the U.S. government that IAEA had certified Iran’s compliance in their report and waivers to implement the lifting of the U.S. Congressional nuclear-related sanctions, in Vienna, Jan. 16. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani demanded Sunday that U.S. President Barack Obama not sign an extension of U.S. sanctions, saying the bill is a violation of a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

On Thursday the U.S. Senate voted to extend the Iran Sanctions Act by 10 years. Speaking in an open session of Iran’s parliament Sunday, Rouhani said Obama is “obliged” to let the sanctions expire.

The nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers lifted a variety of international sanctions in exchange for limitations on the Iranian nuclear program. However, the U.S. still maintains its own separate set of sanctions, which will expire on Dec. 31 if Obama does not sign the extension into law.

Rouhani promised a “prompt response” from Iran if the U.S. sanctions are extended.

“We are committed to an acceptable implementation of the deal, but in response to non-commitment, violation or hesitation in its implementation, we will act promptly,” he said.