Iran: Changes to US visa waiver program contradict nuke deal

Iran’s deputy foreign minister says changes to a US visa waiver program that now impose travel restrictions on those who visit Iran contradict the landmark nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers.
The US recently tightened security requirements of its visa waiver program, which allows citizens of 38 countries to travel to the US without visas.
Now, people from those countries who have traveled to Iran, Iraq, Syria and Sudan in the past five years must obtain visas to enter the US.
Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi told state TV late today that the nuclear deal bars policies intended to adversely affect normalization of trade and economic relations with Iran.
Araghchi said the new visa requirement would negatively affect economic, cultural, scientific and tourism relations with Iran.


US visa waiver program

برنامه چشم‌پوشی از ویزا (انگلیسی: Visa Waiver Program) از برنامه‌های دولت فدرال ایالات متحده آمریکا است که به شهروندان کشورهای خاصی اجازه می‌دهد به منظور گردشگری، تجارت یا حین ترانزیت به مدت حداکثر ۹۰ روز بدون نیاز به اخذ ویزا به ایالات متحده آمریکا سفر کنند. این برنامه به ۵۰ ایالت آمریکا و همچنین قلمروهای آمریکا نظیر پورتوریکو و جزایر ویرجین ایالات متحده آمریکا در کارائیب نیز اعمال می‌شود.


contradict  /ˌkɒntrəˈdɪkt/  V

if one statement, piece of evidence, story etc contradicts another, they disagree and cannot both be true; be in conflict with.

“Her account of the accident contradicts that of the other driver.”

“the existing layout of the city contradicted the logic of the new centre.”

nuke   uk   /njuːk/  us   /nuːk/  N

nuclear energy:

“to convert from coal to nuke.”

deputy   uk   /ˈdep.jʊ.ti/  us   /-t̬i/   N

a ​person who is given the ​power to do something ​instead of another ​person, or the ​person whose ​rank is ​immediately below that of the ​leader of an ​organization:

“I’d like you to ​meet Ann Gregory, my deputy.”

I’m ​acting as deputy while the ​boss is away.”

the deputy ​director/​editor/​sheriff”


impose   uk   /ɪmˈpəʊz/  us   /-ˈpoʊz/  V

to ​officially ​force a ​rule, ​tax, ​punishment, etc. to be ​obeyed or ​received:

“Very high ​taxes have ​recently been imposed on ​cigarettes.”

Judges are imposing ​increasingly ​heavy ​fines for ​minor ​driving ​offences.”

The ​council has imposed a ​ban on ​alcohol in the ​city ​parks.”

tighten  /ˈtaɪt(ə)n/   V

to make a set of rules stricter or harder to avoid

“a bill that will tighten trading rules”

tighten control:

“The government wants to tighten its control on the press.”


requirement  uk   /rɪˈkwaɪə.mənt/  us   /-ˈkwaɪr-/  N

something that you must do, or something you need:

“A good ​degree is a ​minimum requirement for many ​jobs.”

  It is a ​legal requirement that you have ​insurance for ​your ​car.”

Students who ​fail to ​meet the requirements (of the ​course) will ​fail.”

bar  uk   /bɑːr/  us   /bɑːr/  V

to ​prevent something or someone from doing something or going ​somewhere, or to not ​allow something:

“The ​centre of the ​town was barred to ​football ​supporters.”

“journalists had been barred from covering the elections”

I ​tried to ​push past her but she barred my way/​path (= ​stood in ​front of me and ​prevented me from getting past).”


policy  uk   /ˈpɒl.ə.si/  us   /ˈpɑː.lə-/   N

a set of ​ideas or a ​plan for ​action ​followed by a ​business, a ​government, a ​political ​party, or a ​group of ​people:

The ​White ​House said there will be no ​change in policy.”

intend  uk   us   /ɪnˈtend/  V

 to design or mean for a particular purpose, use, or recipient:

“a fund intended for emergency use only.”

that shot was intended for the President. “


 adverse  uk   /ˈæd.vɜːs/ /ədˈvɜːs/  us   /ædˈvɝːs/  Adj

having a ​negative or ​harmful ​effect on something:

“The ​match has been ​cancelled because of adverse ​weather ​conditions”

.They ​received a lot of adverse ​publicity/​criticism about the ​changes.”

So ​far the ​drug is ​thought not to have any adverse ​effects.”

uk   us   /-li/

A lot of ​companies have been adversely ​affected (= in a ​harmful way) by the ​recession.

normalize  /ˈnɔːm(ə)lʌɪz/  V
To become or return to normal:
“waiting for diplomatic relations to normalize.”

negatively    /ˈnɛɡətɪvli/    Adv
in a harmful manner;
“he was negatively affected”