Tehran has submitted a complaint to the UN Security Council, claiming that the US is breaching the nuclear deal, and threatened to take legal action following new sanctions imposed on Iran by Washington.

Zarif and Trump

Zarif and Trump Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Iran submitted an urgent complaint to the UN Security Council Tuesday, accusing Washington of breaching the nuclear deal. The complaint was filed in light of the new US sanctions imposed Friday on Iran. Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told press in Turkey that he considers the recent US actions “hostile.”

Zarif claimed that Washington is trying to retreat from the deal signed two years ago. “The Islamic Republic is taking legal action against the breaches,” said Zarif and added that Iran is also acting within the international community on this matter.

Last week, the US Senate approved a new sanctions bill against Iran, Russia and North Korea following actions deemed hostile by the US.

Tehran (archive)

Tehran (archive) Photo Credit: IRNA/Channel 2 News

The US Senate unanimously approved the sanctions bill after Iran fired a ballistic missile carrying a satellite into space. Washington stated that this action breaches the agreements and financial sanctions were imposed on six Iranian companies affiliated with the nuclear missile program as a result. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin addressed the matter: “These sanctions target key entities involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program and underscore the United States’ deep concerns with Iran’s continued development and testing of ballistic missiles and other provocative behavior.”

Two years since the nuclear deal

Two years since the nuclear deal Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The Iranian actions against the US mark two years since the nuclear deal was signed. Last week,  Zarif claimed that the US is not upholding its end of the agreements.