Iran: Visa waiver restrictions could violate nuclear deal

New visa restrictions contained in a bill passed by the House last week could threaten Iran's compliance with a deal limiting its nuclear program if they are enacted into law, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said Sunday.

Araqchi told state-controlled Press TV that the legislation, which would eliminate the visa waiver for people who travel to Iran, violates the nuclear agreement concluded with six world powers in July. The House passed the bill Tuesday by an overwhelming bipartisan margin, and the Senate is set to consider it this week.

"The recent bill has different legal aspects. We are reviewing it. We will take action if it proves to be against the JCPOA," Araqchi said, referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the Iran deal is formally known.

It's the latest sign of how Tehran views any action taken by Washington against its interests as a potential violation of the deal, which Iran reached with the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China on July 14 in Vienna. In October, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, declared that Tehran would consider "any imposition of sanctions at any level and under any pretext" as a violation of the deal.

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