Wednesday, 26 July, 2017

US travel ban breaks nuclear deal, senior Iranian lawmaker says

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A prominent Iranian lawmaker denounced on Tuesday the US Supreme Court’s partial reinstatement of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, claiming that it was an “obvious breach” of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, including the United States.

Hossein Naghavi Hosseini, spokesman of the parliament’s committee on national security and foreign policy, says the ban’s reinstatement is “a new restriction in the post-nuclear-deal era that is considered an obvious breach of the deal.”

Hosseini claimed that under the nuclear deal, countries that signed it are prohibited from imposing new restrictions or sanctions on Iranians. But he did not explain how that is connected or relevant to the travel ban.

His remarks were carried by the official IRNA news agency on Tuesday. Iran is one of the six mostly Muslim countries that are included in the travel ban.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also condemned the decision on Tuesday. “It’s regrettable that the citizens of the countries on the list have never participated in any act of terrorism against the US and yet they are being punished for acts of terrorism by citizens of other countries which are not on the list,” he said.

The travel ban “doesn’t help, it doesn’t increase anybody’s security,” added the minister, speaking to journalists after a meeting with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel in Berlin.

“The problem is, for some, terrorism and support for terrorism is measured by the amount of money they spend buying arms from the US and not by actually being involved in terrorism,” charged Zarif, in what appeared to be a reference to Saudi Arabia.

Several of the September 11 attackers were Saudi nationals.

Trump, on his first foreign trip, visited the kingdom and sealed arms deals worth almost $110 billion.

The US Supreme Court on Monday partially reinstated the travel ban restricting citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Nevertheless, the court said the ban could not be implemented against people who have personal links to the US, citing the examples of foreign nationals wishing to visit family or students accepted to attend university.

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