Sounds like a few things were lost in translation…….
Iran will consider any sanctions imposed upon it during the next eight years, including those relating to human rights and terrorism concerns, to be a violation of the nuclear agreement and will as a result stop complying with the deal, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared Wednesday.
In a letter to President Hasan Rouhani, Khamenei delivered his verdict on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached last July between Iran, the U.S. and five other powers, and laid down his conditions for acceptance.
“During the eight-year period imposition of any sanctions at any level and under any pretexts (including the repeated and fabricated pretexts of terrorism and human rights) by any of the negotiating countries [the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany] will be considered a violation of the JCPOA,” he wrote.
This would therefore oblige the government to “stop JCPOA activities,” he added.
Khamenei’s condition appears to be a direct contradiction of the Obama administration’s insistence that non-nuclear sanctions will not be lifted under the JCPOA.
A White House document on the key provisions of the deal adds a parenthetical note saying. “Note: U.S. statutory sanctions focused on Iran’s support for terrorism, human rights abuses, and missile activities will remain in effect and continue to be enforced.”
Speaking in Vienna on the day the agreement was reached, Secretary of State John Kerry emphasized that “a number of U.S. sanctions will remain in place, including those related to terrorism, human rights, and ballistic missiles.”
Seeking congressional support for the deal, Kerry made the point again in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee nine days later, telling the panel that “U.S. sanctions related to human rights, terrorism, and ballistic missiles will remain in place.”
Another stipulation laid down by Khamenei in the letter to Rouhani is that U.S. and European Union sanctions must be terminated, not merely suspended.
He wrote that the “removal of unjust economic and financial sanctions” was Iran’s objective in entering the talks. Therefore Tehran’s compliance with the agreement would be tied to “guarantees,” including a written declaration by the American president and the E.U. “that these sanctions will be fully lifted.”