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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech in a meeting with military commanders in Tehran, Iran, February 7, 2017. Leader.ir/Handout via REUTERS

London – Senior Advisor to Iran’s Spiritual Leader, Ali Akbar Velayati, said that his country has sent a letter to the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, accusing Washington of breaching three clauses in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Velayati added that Iran’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif has informed the European side of the US violation of Clauses 26, 27 and 28 of the nuclear deal, by imposing new sanctions against the Persian State.

He also noted that the Europeans have confirmed that the US has breached the JCPOA.

The three clauses include the mechanisms related to the lifting of sanctions against Iran, administrative measures between Iran and the P5+1 group of states and Tehran’s commitment to the nuclear deal.

On June 15, the US Senate voted for a legislation to impose non-nuclear sanctions on Iran for its disputed ballistic missile programs.

While participants in the Vienna agreement have not yet announced their stance towards the new sanctions law that was adopted by the US Senate, Iran’s IRNA agency quoted well-informed sources as saying that the EU, Russia and China do not regard the US Senate decision to impose new sanctions as a violation to the JCPOA.

The bill imposes new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program and other activities not related to the international nuclear agreement reached with the United States and other world powers.

Velayati, who is a member of Iran’s Supervising Board for Implementation of the JCPOA, said that his country would take the appropriate measures to respond to the new US bill.

He noted in this regard that the Iranian parliament would unanimously agree on a “comprehensive bill against the United States and the new sanctions law,” adding that the draft-law would be later referred to the government.

On a different note, Tehran has summoned the Swiss charge d’affaires to express its strong objection to the US government over “disturbing remarks” made by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Spokesperson of the Iranian Ministry of foreign Affairs Bahram Ghasemi said: “Following the interfering and meddling statements made by the US secretary of State Rex Tillerson and given the absence of the Swiss ambassador, charge d’affaires of the European country was summoned by the Ministry’s director general for US affairs to express Iran’s complaint about Tillerson’s anti-Iran remarks in the country’s House of Representative.”

He noted that the Embassy of Switzerland served as the protector of US interests in Iran.