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Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, speaks in a cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, on July 26, 2017 (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

London, Washington- Simultaneous statements issued from Washington and Iran on Wednesday uncovered a shady future of the 2015 Iran nuclear accord after the US House of Representatives voted on Tuesday on a new list of sanctions against Tehran.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized the US new bill to impose sanctions on his country and pledged to take a decisive response.

“If the enemy puts part of their promises underfoot then we will also put part of it underfoot” he said.

Shortly before Rouhani’s speech, the Iranian Foreign Ministry responded through its spokesman Bahram Qassemi, who said the US admiration has obligations that needed to be fulfilled under the accord, adding that the countries’ rules and laws could be an excuse for governments to evade their international responsibilities.

The US new bill includes sanctions against Iran and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) for supporting terrorism.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi was the first Iranian official to respond to the US bill, which he described as “a hostile measure” against the nuclear accord even if it was only “a compilation of previous US in the non-nuclear fields.”

Meanwhile, during a speech in Youngstown, Ohio, US President Donald Trump threatened that Iran would face “big, big problems” if it fails to comply with the 2015 nuclear agreement.

The president also told The Wall Street Journal that he would be surprised if Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal when he should re-certify it in three months.

“We’ll talk about the subject in 90 days but I would be surprised if they were in compliance,” he told WSJ.

Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said the Trump administration should be cautious more than ever about the US military approach towards the Islamic Republic.

Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi said the committee would discuss the US bill on Saturday in an urgent meeting.