US ‘hostility’ to Tehran growing despite nuke deal, Iran says
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US ‘hostility’ to Tehran growing despite nuke deal, Iran says

Deputy FM Araghchi accuses America of seeking to impede Iran’s ‘progress’ since agreement went into effect last year

Abbas Araghchi (C), Iran's chief nuclear negotiator arrives at the Austria Center Vienna after another rounds of talks between the EU 5+1 on May 16, 2014 in Vienna. (photo credit: AFP/DIETER NAGL/file)
Abbas Araghchi (C), Iran's chief nuclear negotiator arrives at the Austria Center Vienna after another rounds of talks between the EU 5+1 on May 16, 2014 in Vienna. (photo credit: AFP/DIETER NAGL/file)

TEHRAN, Iran — US “hostility” to Iran is growing day by day despite Tehran’s nuclear deal, a senior Iranian official said Sunday, ahead of the first anniversary of the historic accord.

“The United States has done whatever it can do slow down Iran’s progress” after the deal, said Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, the chief Iranian negotiator in the agreement that took effect on January 16 last year.

“In the last 12 months, we have witnessed delays and the disrespecting of promises by the US and some countries. Their hostility increases by the day,” Araghchi told reporters.

The agreement between Tehran and six world powers saw a range of international sanctions lifted in exchange for limits on Iran’s nuclear program.

Iran has seen a rise in oil exports and increased investment in manufacturing and energy production since it came into force.

An Airbus A321 airliner arrives at the Mehrabad international airport during the delivery of the first batch of planes to the Iranian state airline Iran Air in the capital Tehran on Jaunary 12, 2017. (AFP Photo/ Atta Kenare)
An Airbus A321 airliner arrives at the Mehrabad international airport during the delivery of the first batch of planes to the Iranian state airline Iran Air in the capital Tehran on Jaunary 12, 2017. (AFP Photo/ Atta Kenare)

Last week, Iran received the first of 100 airplanes it purchased from Airbus for $20 billion in order to upgrade its fleet of again fighter jets, a deal which had required the assent of the US.

But Iranian officials have accused Washington of failing to abide by the deal, including with a raft of other sanctions related to non-nuclear issues such as Iran’s support for terrorism and development of ballistic missiles, that have helped deter major Western banks from returning to Iran.

US President-elect Donald Trump vowed during last year’s campaign to tear up the agreement, considered a key victory for President Barack Obama.

Araghchi said it made little difference who was in the White House as international law required Washington to implement the deal.

“Whether its Obama or Trump, the US president is committed to cancelling laws that are against it,” Araghchi said, adding that there would be no further discussions with US officials.

“Our nuclear negotiations with the Americans are finalized and we have no other political talks with them,” he said. “In our view, everything is over.”

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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