Iran will retaliate if the United States renews sanctions, the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned.
Khamenei was reacting to a vote last week by the U.S. House of Representatives to extend U.S. sanctions on Iran that predate the dispute over Iran's nuclear program for 10 years.
The legislation needs approval by the Senate and President Barack Obama before the end of the year.
Speaking on November 23, Khamenei warned that new sanctions would be a breach of the nuclear deal reached last year under which Iran has significantly limited its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.
"The current U.S. government has breached the nuclear deal in many occasions," Khamenei told a gathering of members of the Basij force.
"The latest is an extension of sanctions for 10 years, that if it happens, would surely be against the JCPOA, and the Islamic republic would definitely react to it," the Iranian leader warned.