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Iran said on Thursday that new U.S. sanctions were a violation of its nuclear deal with world powers, piling pressure on President Hassan Rouhani as he starts his second term.

The Iranian president championed a nuclear deal with the United States and five other major powers in 2015 that led to the lifting of most sanctions against Iran past year, in return for curbs on its nuclear program. But on Wednesday, the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Germany issued a complaint of their own, focusing on ballistic missile tests that have been carried out in defiance of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, which was passed at the same time as the JCPOA's implementation.

Official inauguration ceremony for Hassan Rouhani will be held at the Parliament on August 5, where he will be sworn in as the 12th president of the Islamic Republic.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi also warned that the "hostile" US measures would impact the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal and said Tehran reserved the right to respond, according to state news agency IRNA.

"The government's aim is to improve Iran's image in the world.to safeguard people's rights.to end poverty.to protect the religious democracy and our people's votes", Rouhani said in a speech at the ceremony.

"The Iranian authorities have waged a "vicious" crackdown on human rights defenders since Hassan Rouhani became president, demonising and imprisoning activists who dare to stand up for people's rights", Amnesty International said.

"The enemy's hostility has made us more resistant", the supreme leader said. He said that in his second term in office, Iran will "insist on constructive engagement with the world more than before".

All the parties to the Iran nuclear deal are abiding by its terms, the European Union said Thursday, despite Tehran's charges that new USA sanctions breach the agreement.

Amnesty International has called on the European Union to take a tougher stance after accusing Iran of a "vicious crackdown" that it says has dashed hopes of rights reform. Tehran has prepared measures that Iran would take against the US action, he added without elaborating, except to say some of the measures will "improve" Iran's armed forces. It would also apply terrorism sanctions to Iran's prestigious Revolutionary Guard and enforce an arms embargo.

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