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Iran Claims U.S. Violated Nuclear Deal, Requests EU Review

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on December 7

Reports from Tehran say Iran has requested a meeting of a commission that oversees the implementation of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers in response to Tehran’s claims that the United States has violated the agreement.

Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported on December 17 that Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif requested the meeting in a letter to European Union foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini, who coordinates the work of the joint commission.

The commission includes Iran and the world powers that reached a deal in July 2015 on Iran's nuclear program -- the EU, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, China, and the United States.

On December 15, the White House said a bill on Iran passed by both chambers of the U.S. Congress will become a U.S. law automatically without President Barack Obama's signature.

The legislation would allow U.S. lawmakers to continue imposing U.S. sanctions against Iran in the future for another 10 years

Although Obama did not sign the legislation, he also did not veto it.

The White House said the legislation would not affect the implementation of the nuclear deal under which Iran agreed to limit its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.

Based on reporting by Reuters, dpa, and IRNA