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Iran Is Now Claiming the U.S. Is in Violation of Nuclear Deal

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a news conference with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, Jan. 4 , 2014. Zarif is in Turkey for a one-day working visit.(AP Photo) AP Photo\n

The United States is violating the multi-lateral nuclear deal with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Wednesday.

Zarif is basing the assertion on the new visa law restricting visas for Iranians and for people who have visited Iran, Reuters reported. The new visa measures were passed by Congress after the San Bernardino, California, terrorist attacks, and President Barack Obama signed them into law last week.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a news conference with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, Jan. 4 , 2014. Zarif is in Turkey for a one-day working visit.(AP Photo) AP Photo Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. (AP Photo)

"If the Congress law is implemented as it is, it would definitely be a breach [of JCPOA]," Zarif said, according to the Tasnim news agency, when speaking at Lundeg Purevsuren.

The foreign minister added that the new law essentially amounts to a new sanction against Iran at a time when the U.S. and other countries are supposed to be moving to lift sanctions.

The measure doesn't single out Iran, and includes Syria and Sudan.

The U.S.-led agreement with Iran also included Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany.

Zarif said he brought the matter up to Secretary of State John Kerry at a meeting earlier this month in New York.

Kerry has faced criticism from some for writing Zarif this weekend to assure him that the United States is committed to the agreement and that the White House can waive the new visa requirements.

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