Trump extends sanction waivers for Iran while imposing new ones

Trump extends sanction waivers for Iran while imposing new ones

Trump extends sanction waivers for Iran while imposing new ones

The State Department extends its partial sanctions relief for Iran in accordance with the 2015 nuclear deal.

Last month, the USA ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, traveled to Vienna to press for inspection of Iran's military sites.

Senior administration officials said the move was meant to signal a willingness to confront Iran over behavior it finds to be out of sync with the deal, despite the latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations group assigned to monitor the deal, indicating that Iran has been in compliance.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has no undeclared nuclear activities in any of the country's geographic locations, " Shamkhani said in remarks released on Friday.

"...the issue of access to military sites has become an unnecessary and closed case", he stressed.

"President Trump has made it clear", Tillerson said.

Imposing new sanctions while extending waivers on sanctions related to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the nuclear deal, was described by USA officials as a "holding action" until President Donald Trump decides next month whether Iran is fully complying with the deal, The Washington Post reported. "The US should stop using sanctions as a tool in its foreign policy, and engage in interaction with the world".

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on September 14 that Trump's suggestion that the nuclear deal should be renegotiated was "pure fantasy".

"About time for USA to stop spinning and begin complying, just like Iran", the minister wrote.

However, the Trump administration has frequently charged that Tehran breaks the "spirit" of the deal by continuing to test-launch ballistic missiles and rockets capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

Also, the US Treasury Department slapped new restrictions on 11 entities and individuals supporting Iran's ballistic missile program or its Quds Force, freezing their assets in the United States and prohibiting US citizens from doing business with them. On the Iranian side, the dynamic is familiar: a faction of hard-liners is unenthusiastic about the agreement, but the moderate wing of the government, led by the reformer president Hassan Rouhani, has carried the day thus far.

After the president grudgingly recertified the agreement in July, he commissioned a team whose sole goal consisted of unearthing Iranian violations so that Trump could justify reversing himself the deal in October - even though doing so would not, in and of itself, kill the deal.

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