Hassan Rouhani

President says Iran will 'respond' if US missile law passes

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday his country will respond if a bill in the U.S. Congress imposing sanctions on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program becomes law.

The House of Representatives passed the bill on Tuesday and it now goes to the Senate.

Without giving details, Rouhani said in a Wednesday cabinet meeting broadcast by state TV that Iran will "take any action that is necessary for the country's expedience and interests" and show "reciprocal" reaction to the law.

The U.S. legislation would impose mandatory penalties on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them. The...

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