US maintains Iran nuclear deal sanctions relief

Ivan Schwartz
May 19, 2017

The Trump administration took a key step Wednesday toward preserving the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran, coupling the move with fresh ballistic missile sanctions to show it isn't going light on the Islamic republic.

Such policies could include "ballistic missile tests, arms shipments to the Houthi rebels and Syrian President Assad, and aggressive naval maneuvers in the Straits of Hormuz", she added.

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. He said the United States will never allow the regime in Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon.

The Treasury Department will sanction Iranian defense officials because of the country's ballistic missile program.

The administration of US President Donald Trump yesterday made a decision to stick by a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and continue waiving sanctions related to its atomic activities. This may be meant to "undercut the impression that Trump is softening on Iran", The Associated Press wrote. In the meantime, Jones said, the USA will keep implementing the deal, including the sanctions relief. Further supporting this argument, since taking office, Trump has signed off on the sanctioning of hundreds of officials in both Iran and its ally, Syria, as part of what is most likely a strategy meant to pressure Iran into rolling back on its regional influence.

Iran agreed under the 2015 agreement to curtail its nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief that had crippled its economy.

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In another attempt to ramp up pressure on Tehran, the State Department released a new report criticizing Iran for human-rights abuses, including its alleged mistreatment of prisoners.

The Trump administration won't seek to reduce Iran's crude sales "at this time" in keeping with its commitments under the nuclear deal, according to the announcement. "And above all, the United States will never allow the regime in Iran to acquire nuclear weapons".

On Wednesday night he said: "the USA is not pursuing efforts to reduce Iran's sales of crude oil at this time". Some of the waivers would expire if Trump refuses to extend them this week. She went on to warn against passage of pending sanctions legislation, S. 722, co-authored by Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and committee member Robert Menendez (D-N.J.). "We will choose the one who shoulders responsibility". "JCPOA" is the formal name of the nuclear deal.

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

United States officials have declined to give a timeline for when the Iran review would be complete.

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