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    Iran Calls New US Ballistic Missile Sanctions Illegitimate

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a news conference in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 17, 2016. On Monday, Iran's Foreign Ministry called new U.S. sanctions targeting the country's ballistic missile program illegitimate.
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a news conference in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 17, 2016. On Monday, Iran's Foreign Ministry called new U.S. sanctions targeting the country's ballistic missile program illegitimate.
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    Iran's Foreign Ministry called new U.S. sanctions targeting the country's ballistic missile program illegitimate.

    Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari said Monday that Iran will respond by boosting efforts in its legal ballistic missile program and promoting its defense capabilities.

    Iran drew condemnation from the U.S. and other Western powers for two ballistic missile tests late last year they said violated U.N. Security Council resolutions. Iran defended the tests as a matter of national security.

    The U.S. enacted new measures Sunday against five Iranian nationals and a network of companies with links to banned missile activity.

    WATCH: President Barack Obama credits diplomacy after historic developments in Iran

    Obama Hails Release of US Prisoners, Iran Nuke Developmentsi
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    Michael Bowman
    January 17, 2016 7:51 PM
    In a rare Sunday statement, President Barack Obama hailed Iran’s release of American prisoners and defended diplomacy with Tehran, including last year’s nuclear accord that reached a critical milestone Saturday. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the president spoke from the White House shortly after the US imposed new sanctions on Iran for ballistic missile tests.

    President Barack Obama said his government will "vigorously" enforce sanctions against Iran's ballistic missile program.

    "Iran's recent missile test, for example, was a violation of its international obligations and as a result the United States is imposing sanctions on individuals and companies working to advance Iran's ballistic missile program. And we are going to remain vigilant about it," he said.

    The U.S. Treasury Department said the five Iranians worked to get missile components for Iran, as did the network of companies based In the United Arab Emirates and China that used third parties to try to deceive foreign suppliers and hide the identity of who would ultimately be using the materials.

    The announcement came a day after the U.S. agreed to lift sanctions related to Iran's nuclear program under an international deal reached in July, and hours after confirmation that several Americans held captive in Iran had been released.

    “Iran’s ballistic missile program poses a significant threat to regional and global security, and it will continue to be subject to international sanctions,” said Adam Szubin, acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, in a statement issued by the Treasury Department.

    WATCH: Related video of Iran prisoner release

    US, Iran Swap Prisonersi
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    Zlatica Hoke
    January 18, 2016 12:09 AM
    Iran released five imprisoned Americans and the United States has pardoned seven Iranians in a swap that followed the lifting of most of the international sanctions against Iran on Saturday. Three of the freed U.S. citizens arrived in Europe from Tehran on Sunday. One was released earlier and another decided to stay in Iran. VOA's Zlatica Hoke has more.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that Tehran would uphold its end of the nuclear deal as long as the "other side" does, according to state news agency IRNA. The agreement was reached in July 2015 after negotiations between Iran and the P5+1, which includes China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany.

    Speaking at a meeting with Yukiya Amano, the visiting head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rouhani added that Iran is committed "not to seek weapons of mass destruction."

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    by: Zabih Ullah from: Pakistan
    January 19, 2016 1:33 AM
    There is nothing wrong among US and Iran, their disagreements are not on Nonsecular weapons, but US want Iran to be used a weapon against Islamic states.

    by: Igor from: Russia
    January 19, 2016 1:31 AM
    Iran has the right to develop ballistic missiles and other kinds of weapons to defend itself from potential threat from outside. Any treaty banning Iran from doing so is invalid and unjust because it does not prevent weak nations from attacks from strong nations which possess such weapons.

    by: Mandana
    January 18, 2016 4:26 PM
    USA diplomacy reveals now. It is based on trick und lie. People around the world knows that, these new sanctions is not right and in order to weaken Iran against countries like Saudi Arabia. USA does not want to let IRAN to defend itself. This new sanction will only show the real face of USA diplomacy that is really dirty play.
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    by: umer from: Pakistan
    January 18, 2016 11:15 PM
    Mr. Obama is son of slave and his friends are son of Arab royals, how they sincerely deal with Iran. Really has slave mentality.

    by: Anonymous
    January 18, 2016 2:59 PM
    This is smoke and screen by both the US and Iran, to feed the hardliners on both sides.

    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    January 18, 2016 10:13 AM
    I think it's hilarious. Iran thought it was going to get away scott free. As soon as the hostages were released new sanctions went on. In one year and 3 days if a Republican is elected President, he will rip up the deal Obama made with Iran, restore all of the old US sanctions, and maybe add a few new ones to boot. The real test is the kind of punishment the US will mete out to those who violate them.

    We not only have the power to impose huge fines on companies and individuals, we can put CEOs and other executives in prison too and for a long time. You can run but you can't hide. Hey Edward Snowden, how is it living in Russia these days? Get used to a diet of borscht, kasha, potatoes, and vodka yet? Not quite like Hawaii, is it?

    by: Harrygeddon from: Zambia
    January 18, 2016 9:09 AM
    We Love the USA !!!

    by: Marco Cota from: Eugene Oregon USA
    January 18, 2016 4:19 AM
    Iran has every right to have this defense system. Even if it were used in offense the only country it could hit is Israel and that would be a good thing for the USA.

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