Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has said that Iran will restart its nuclear programme “within hours” if the US imposes new sanctions on Iran. Since the JCPOA came into force at the start of 2016, Iran has conducted several ballistic missile tests. The US believes that the tests violate UN sanctions, which prohibit “any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons”. Iran has said that any new sanctions breach the JCPOA and that its ballistic missiles are not designed to carry nuclear warheads.
The US designated 14 more Iranian people and entities in July for (among other things) involvement in Iran’s ballistic missile programme (see previous blog).