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EghtesadOnline: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called Obama to block a law that would extend the U.S. president’s authority to impose sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

President Rouhani called it a violation of the Iranian nuclear deal, saying implementation of the law would be a violation of the Iran deal and that would lead to Iran’s firm respond.

He stated that the US president is obliged to exercise his authority by preventing its approval and particularly its implementation, ISNA reported.

The U.S. Senate passed a 10-year extension of sanctions against Iran, sending the measure to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign into law and delaying any potentially tougher actions until next year, Reuters reported.

The measure passed by 99-0. It passed the House of Representatives nearly unanimously in November, and congressional aides said they expected Obama would sign it.

The ISA will expire on Dec. 31 if not renewed. The White House had not pushed for an extension, but had not raised serious objections.

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