US extends sanctions relief under Iran nuclear deal

Pauline Gross
May 19, 2017

The U.S. will continue to abide by the agreements in the Iran nuclear deal, or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, despite President Trump's stated disapproval of it.

While both the US State Department and the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency report that Iran is compliant with the nuclear deal, evidence provided last month by the Iranian Resistance shows that the Regime has simply moved their base of operations to a secret site, resumed working on advanced centrifuges, and refused access to independent inspectors.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Treasury sanctioned two senior Iranian defense officials, Chinese man and three Chinese firms and an Iranian company, for supporting nuclear missile development in Iran.

The Trump administration will have to waive more sanctions next month if it wants to stick by the nuclear deal.

Iran continues to pursue missile-related technologies capable of delivering a nuclear weapon.

Should the victorious candidate decide to prioritize issues which provoke its agreement partners or declare that the economic benefits of the JCPOA do not merit its continuation in the current format, there is a heightened risk that President Donald Trump will retreat from his side of the deal.

But on Wednesday the State Department renewed its waiver on the nuclear-related sanctions against the Islamic republic that it had suspended in exchange for Iran submitting to strict controls. Rouhani has gone further, vowing to end all remaining sanctions still imposed for human-rights abuses, ballistic missile tests and terrorism support.

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New sanctions also have been leveled on a Chinese-based network believed to be supporting Iran's ballistic missile program via "millions of dollars' worth of missile-applicable items".

We urge our partners around the world to join us in calling out individuals and entities who violate worldwide sanctions targeting Iran's human rights abuses. But Washington must issue periodical waivers to keep the penalties from snapping back into place and the most recent one was set to expire this week.

The election will occur just before Trump leaves on an eight-day trip to Europe and the Middle East, with his first stop in Saudi Arabia, a bitter regional rival of Iran.

Although Trump continued ex-president Barack Obama's pact, which he has always been criticizing and ordered to review the deal, the USA has a tough position towards Islamic Republic.

Since taking office, Trump's administration has sanctioned hundreds in Iran and in Syria — an Iranian ally — as part of a campaign to increase pressure on Iran even as it reviews the nuclear deal.

Iran denies ever seeking nuclear weapons and foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said on Thursday that its missile programme is part of its "absolute and legal right to build up the country's defensive capabilities".

Other reports by GizPress

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